BEING one of the veterans of the Letran squad, JP Calvo knows fully well that the elimination round is totally different from the Final Four.
Which is why Calvo believes there is no reason to become overconfident as the Knights take on Lyceum in the Final Four slated on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Knights split their elimination round series against the Pirates including an 80-79 decision in the second round, one of LPU’s two losses in Season 94.
Still, Calvo said there is no reason for the Knights to be complacent.
“Malaking boost ‘yun sa confidence namin pero iba ang eliminations sa Final Four,” said Calvo, who had 18 points, four rebounds, and six assists against the Pirates in the second round. “Ineexpect namin na naghanda ng mabuti ang LPU lalo na gusto rin nila makabalik sa finals.”
The 21-year-old Calvo, the co-captain of the team along with Bong Quinto, is about to end his final season with Letran following a career that saw him win an NCAA title with the Knights in 2015 under now-University of Santo Tomas head coach Aldin Ayo.
The Knights, though, will have to win twice against the second-seed Lyceum in the Final Four in order to make a return trip to the finals.
“Gagawin ko lahat para manalo lalo na last year ko na sa Letran. Hindi magiging madali pero gagawin namin lahat para makapasok sa finals basta one game at a time lang,” said Calvo.
Calvo said Letran coach Jeff Napa has been doing an excellent job of preparing them in the tough battle ahead against LPU.
“Talagang maganda ‘yung preparasyon na binigay sa amin ni coach Jeff para sa Final four. Hopefully, mag-pay off sa laro,” said Calvo.