NLEX gunner Bong Galanza is making the most of his second chance in the PBA.
Plucked out of obscurity following a forgettable two-year stint with Columbian Dyip, Galanza has found a place in NLEX coach Yeng Guiao’s rotation in the 2019 PBA season.
Galanza logged averages of 16 points, three rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 assist in NLEX’s back-to-back victories to earn the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period of March 11 to 17.
The 26-year-old native of Isabela had 14 points, three boards and three steals, serving as one of NLEX’s catalysts in their 91-70 demolition of the injury-plagued Alaska last Wednesday.
The former University of the East team captain continued his impressive shooting, this time firing 18 points (second career best) and lacing it with six triples in handing Blackwater a 122-101 beating on Sunday.
NLEX moved up to seventh spot in the team standings after improving to 4-5 overall.
Selected 46th overall by GlobalPort (now NorthPort) in the 2015 draft, the 26-year-old Galanza toiled for two seasons with Columbian where his presence was hardly felt.
When his contract expired, Galanza took his act to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, helping the Batangas City Athletics win the inaugural championship.
NLEX signed Galanza before last season’s Governors’ Cup.
Galanza beat a solid set of Player of the Week candidates led by Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson, TNT’s Roger Pogoy, Rain or Shine rookie Javee Mocon and Ed Daquioag and Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright.
NLEX’s road to the playoffs continues on Saturday when it plays Barangay Ginebra in Angeles City, before wrapping up its elimination round assignment versus Magnolia on April 3.