ROOKIE big man Jomari Sollano is proving to be a huge presence inside for Letran and a big factor in the Knights’ unbeaten start to the season.
Against veteran Bradwyn Guinto, the lanky 21-year-old Sollano came up with 13 points and seven rebounds and helped hold the San Sebastian slotman to just four in Letran’s victory on Tuesday, their fourth in as many games in NCAA Season 91.
“Sabi ni Coach huwag mo na isipin na malaki siya sa akin. Isipin mo lang kung paano siya depensahan.”
An undersized frontcourt man at 6 feet 4, Sollano played 29 minutes, his defense focused on the 6-6 Guinto’s weaknesses.
“Gamitin ang utak kasi alam natin na tatalunin ako sa lakas.”
Seeing Knights veterans Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac work hard, Sollano said he was motivated to do the same and prevent his seniors’ big games from going to waste.
Cruz wound up with a game-high 29 points and Rey Nambatac finished with 20. Sollano was the only other Knight to score in double figures.
Now Sollano braces for another tough match, this time against 6-foot-11 Nigerian import in Prince Nnamdi Eze of Perpetual Help, and he remains confident with the support of his teammates.
“Palagi sinasabi nila sa akin na huwag akong mag-isip na rookie pa lang ako.”