AFTER disappearing for almost a month, Letran's prodigal son Raymond Almazan is back with the Knights and looking to make up for lost time.
"It was my own decision (to come back). I really wanted to go back to the team," said Almazan who played his first game against Mapua on Thursday after missing seven straight games while going AWOL.
He rejoined the team in training last Friday after seeking the help of cousin Kerby Raymundo, the Ginebra star who brought him back to the Letran camp.
"I didn't know how to approach them [Knights] that's why I asked for Kerby's help. I was afraid that they were mad at me. But it was the other way around."
Letran coach Louie Alas said: "It was Kerby who facilitated Raymond's return. He told me, 'Coach, I brought him here [because] it's my responsibility to take him back'."
Last year's Most Improved Player, who was averaging 7.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks before his disappearance, scored four points and had six assists before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
But his presence alone was a big psychological boost to the team, Letran coach Louie Alas said.
"Psychologically, he's a big help in the team. We will have an extra 10 rebounds and blocks. He may not be spectacular today but he helped a lot," said Alas.
The Knights led by team captain Jam Cortes and star Kevin Alas were more than happy to welcome back the 2011 Mythical team member but also reminded him about the consequences of his actions.
"They welcomed me with open arms, especially Kevin," said Almazan. "But they told me that I should earn back their trust."
"We told him that he has to earn back our trust, but honestly we will still welcome him. He's a big help to our team and we can never let our brother down," said the young Alas.
Almazan has vowed to make up for his mistakes.
"For now I will do my best to make it up. I don't actually care if coach will use me or not, being with the team is more than enough. It makes me happy that I'm back with Letran," said Almazan.