MANILA, Philippines—School of St. Benilde coach Charles Tiu all the time challenges Will Gozum to step up for his crew however with the Last 4 season looming, there are two gamers he desires to contribute greater.
Oczon and Corteza, the 2 “Migs” of the Blazers, had been large components within the squad’s 100-88 win towards Lyceum on Friday however Tiu desires them to achieve their peaks earlier than the postseason.
“He’s (Corteza) a big boost for us but I keep telling him to get more rebounds if he wants to win any awards because rebounds matter. His improvement though, from last season has been great,” stated the top tactician.
The wingman completed with 13 factors however with 4 turnovers and solely three rebounds.
Oczon, however, was tied with Gozum and Enoch Valdez for the best rating within the Blazers’ win with 18 factors however on a lowly 33.3 p.c taking pictures from the sector, sinking just one shot from six makes an attempt within the three-point space.
That, nevertheless, isn’t a lot of a priority for Tiu as he desires the guard to be extra environment friendly even on protection.
“The challenge for Oczon is to be a complete player on both ends of the floor. That’s the growth we look forward to for him, not just shooting because when I recruited him I already knew he could shoot,” he defined.
MVP frontrunner Gozum powered Benilde with one other double-double with 18 markers and 11 boards.
With two video games left within the elimination spherical, the highest coach in the end desires to see everyone stepping up within the massive moments and never shrink back from the highlight.
“Hopefully, these guys will not be afraid of the big moments when it comes to the playoffs.”
The Blazers will play Arellano and San Beda earlier than their Last 4 stint. They at present maintain a 12-4 document, tied with defending champion Letran, which has the identical document.
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