WITH teammate RK Ilagan still under investigation for playing in ‘ligang labas’, Alvin Capobres stepped up when it mattered most to end San Sebastian College’s two-game skid in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.
Despite all distractions, Capobres set a career-high 21 points and lead the Stags in turning down Mapua University Cardinals, 94-70, on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City.
After being limited to four points in the first half where the Stage were holding a precarious one-point lead, 41-40, the 6-foot-1 winger caught fire in the second half, hitting 17 points and catalyzing the Stags' third-quarter pullaway.
But the 23-year-old cager downplayed his heroics and attributed the unity of his teammates despite the controversies surrounding the team.
“Hindi naman responsibilidad ko, responsibilidad ng buong team 'yun. Pinaghahandaan lang namin every game,” said Capobres, who shot 8-for-11 from the field for a 73-percent clip, and also had four assists and three rebounds. “Alam naman natin na malaking bagay si RK sa team. Kinukuha na lang namin sa depensa, sa hustle para madali na lang 'yung opensa.”
“Tsaka 'yung second group namin, lagi kong sinasabi ko sa kanila pag papasok na 'yung intensity sa defense namin, para kahit pagpasok namin, napa-unti namin 'yung lamang or lamang man kami,” added the fourth-year Stag, praising the balanced scoring of the starters and benched players, who delivered 47 points apiece.
Capobres helped San Sebastian improve to a 3-4 win-loss record, although their previous two wins might be forfeited as they await the league's announcement of the result of the investigation on Ilagan’s ‘ligang labas’ incident on Wednesday.
But whatever happens, Capobres wants his teammates to stand united and keep their focus this season.
“‘Yun pa rin, kahit maraming distraction, buo kaming naglalaro sa loob ng court, tulong-tulong kami sa opensa saka sa depensa,” he said.