IF you're still wondering why the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers are sitting alone atop the standings this early in the 88th NCAA season, you only have to look at Nate Matute's stats line.
Matute has shot the lights out in the Bombers' first three games this season, posting personal-bests in scoring in consecutive games and averaging 25 points behind a splendid 15-for-23 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
Matute has now become the first NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week winner this season while the Heavy Bombers savored a 3-0 win-loss start – their best in the league over the last three years.
Matute bested the likes of Mapua’s Josan Nimes ang reigning MVP Calvin Abueva of San Sebastian Stags for the citation also sponsored by Accel 3XVI.
“I’m more experienced now. I know how to relax and I’m just letting the game come to me,” said the 24-year old Fil-Am point guard from Hanford, California.
Matute hit a personal-best 29 markers in the 77-65 win against Arellano U Chiefs but surpassed it just days later when he erupted for 30 in a 90-79 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College's Generals.
Matute opened the season with a 16-point, five-rebound contribution in the Bombers’ 65-64 narrow escape against Mapua Cardinals.