INCONSISTENT for much of the season, veteran Norbert Torres couldn't have picked a better time to play a breakout game for the La Salle Green Archers.
Torres had a performance to remember in the most important game of the Archers' season so far, scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a come-from-behind 69-66 win over Far Eastern University on Wednesday.
The sophomore center saved his best for last, erupting for 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds in the final quarter as he led the Green Archers’ comeback from a 10-point deficit.
Although he averaged a third-best 8.7 points a game for the team prior to the sudden-death match, Torres had been mostly up and down for much of the season as the Archers' starting slotman.
But the banger is glad to see head coach Gee Abanilla’s trust in him finally pay dividends.
“I guess I wanted to do what coaches wanted me to do,” said Torres. “They saw that in me for the whole year, they are just waiting for it. They trusted me throughout the season in the games that we were just struggling.”
Torres also said he gave it his all in the knockout match as he didn’t want teammate Jovet Mendoza and Joshua Webb's playing career with the Archers to end without a stint in the Final Four.
Both Webb and Mendoza are playing their final year for the Taft-based school.
“I just don’t want to lose. I told the team that I don’t want it to be Jovet and Josh’s last game. That really helped us come out with this win,” said Torres.
Mendoza and Webb now join Torres in at least another game before they end their collegiate careers —a Final Four game against their archrival Ateneo on Saturday.
And who knows what will happen from there.