University of Perpetual Help System
An intact lineup, two Nigerian imports, and a new coach are three things to look forward to for University of Perpetual Help.
The Altas avoided the cellar last season by convincingly winning their last two games against Final Four team Letran and Arellano to finish with a 5-13 record – a three-win improvement from Season 86. This season should mark another step in their rebuilding process.
The streak-shooting Jet Vidal remains the Altas’ first option on offense. But expect swingman Earl Thompson to have a more prominent role in his sophomore year, with veterans Chris Elopre, Harold Arboleda and Jeorge Allen providing the leadership.
The arrival of 6-foot-6 Nigerian Femi Babayemi, who averaged in double figures in rebounds and more than two blocks per game in the Filoil Flying V preseason tournament, and 6-foot-4 Nicholas Omorogbe comes as a welcome boost to the Altas who have the league’s smallest frontline.
But their most significant addition is coach Aric del Rosario, who comes out of retirement for a last hurrah to try and duplicate with the Las Pinas-based school his success with the University of Santo Tomas which he led to four successive UAAP titles in the mid-1990s.