SPREADING the wealth has been perpetual for the Altas in the early goings of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
They hope to continue upholding the same mantra as they aim for a share of the lead against San Sebastian Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Altas, who clash with the Golden Stags at 6 p.m., have been sharing the ball more often this season with the departure of gunner Jet Vidal as reflected in their 16.5 average assists in their first two games this season.
And one player who has vowed to commit to the team’s new identity is Nosa Omorogbe, the Nigerian import who led the Altas in scoring in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup, averaging a tournament-best 21.9 points along with four assists.
Despite his impressive, Omorogbe failed to lead his team to a respectable finish as Perpetual only won once in its eight games in the preseason tournament.
“During the Filoil (tournament), I noticed I was scoring a lot of points, but we were losing. I just changed my mindset coming into the NCAA season of sharing the ball (more) so that we can win. I’m ready to sacrifice anything.”
“Now, we’ve been playing really fantastic as a unit,” the versatile big man added.
Although averaging just 3.5 assists that go along with 17 points per game, the Nigerian has nonetheless been clearly making a conscious effort of making the extra pass.
Juneric Baloria, who has taken the cudgels left by the departure of Vidal, has been the recipient of the passes that led to three-point conversions, but the rookie from Lanao del Norte stressed his team is all about sharing the ball.
“Brotherhood kami dito, bigayan ng bola. Kung sinong bakante, kung sinong mainit, sa kanya yung bola.”
Baloria, Omorogbe, and the rest of the Altas will definitely be tested as they face a rookie-laden Stags squad that is hoping to even its 1-2 win-loss card while trying to recover from a sorry 104-99 loss to Mapua last week.
Defending champion San Beda guns for a third win in four games as it meets Emilio Aguinaldo College in the first game at 4 p.m.
The Generals are riding high on their 73-72 victory over College of St. Benilde last Thursday.