FOR carrying the Altas to joint third in the standings, Perpetual Help guard Jett Vidal earned the NCAA Player of the Week honors.
Vidal came through with an explosive show against Jose Rizal University, shooting a career-high 32 points as the Altas overpowered the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers, 88-72, in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball tournament Monday night at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
It was scintillating performance by Vidal as he helped the Altas avenge their first round loss to the Bombers and forge a tie with their victims in third spot with an 8-4 record.
The big game earned him the citation from the sportswriters covering the oldest collegiate league in the country.
“He’s a veteran and I trust him to make shots,” Altas coach Aric del Dosario said.
Vidal went five for 10 beyond the arc and also had six rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes of action.
After finishing the first half with 12 points, the senior guard caught fire in last two quarters and hit 20 points, 10 each in the third and fourth periods.
“I just thought about how I can help the team,” said Vidal, who has earned the monicker “Jettsanity” in reference to his streak-shooting ways. “All the hours of work in practice just paid off.”