BARAKO Bull coach Koy Banal can't help but be impressed with his 'silent assassin' Chico Lanete.
The 35-year-old guard has sparked Barako Bull back to life in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, standing out in two victories that put the long-suffering team in the unlikely role of co-leader in the midseason conference.
Lanete fired 19 points in the Energy’s 92-70 dumping of an import-less Blackwater side last Wednesday then sustained his fiery form on Sunday night, scoring 17 points in a 69-68 win over Ginebra on Sunday in Binan, Laguna.
“Pagpinapasok ko si Chico, parang mas gumaganda takbo ng team. Silent assassin siya ng team,” said Banal of the eight-year veteran.
By averaging 18.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in those two games, the 5-11 Lanete became the first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week awardee for the Commissioner’s Cup, beating out Gary David of Meralco and Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text for the weekly citation.
Banal said Lanete is not vocal in practice or games, but he lets his game do the talking.
"Di siya masyado nagsasalita, but he's the type of player who walks the talk. He'll always go the extra mile," he added.
Barako Bull takes a weeklong break before returning on Sunday to play expansion squad KIA Motors.