UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help center Justine Alano proved he’s more than just a fifth wheel for the Altas on Wednesday.
With Earl Thompson, Juneric Baloria, and Harold Arboleda pleading for help, Alano heeded the call, typifying the support the troika had been missing in the past two games when the Altas went on a tailspin.
The 6-foot-2 Alano registered 15 points, seven boards, three assists, one steal, and one block as the Las Piñas-based dribblers cruised past Lyceum, 78-62, to snap the two-game skid.
The undersized big man also acquitted himself well in his personal matchup with the Pirates' emerging 6-foot-5 star slotman in Joseph Gabayni, who had 14 rebounds, 12 points, and three blocks.
“Nahiya rin ako kasi apat kaming beterano tapos ako parang nalulubog. Inisip ko na kailangan kong tulungan sila,” said Alano, who’s in his fifth and last year in the league.
“Nakakahiya dahil parang ang nagtatrabaho lang tatlo.”
Alano chipped in five points, seven boards, two blocks in 30 minutes in the 85-97 loss to Arellano last time, but he felt he needed to increase his production to alleviate some of the load off Thompson, Baloria, and Arboleda, which would, in turn, lead to the Altas in regaining their bearings.
“Naisip ko na para namang makapahinga rin sila at para rin maganda yung takbo ng team namin, gumawa ako ng sarili ko.”