MANILA, Philippines -- After missing Arellano University's campaign in Season 94 due to an ACL tear in his right knee, Kent Salado is making up for lost time in the NCAA Season 95 men's basketball tournament.
With his squad down seven points against University of Perpetual Help last Friday, Salado put the Chiefs on his back and carried them to an impressive win.
Behind the graduating guard, Arellano overcame the deficit with a stunning 16-1 run for an 8-point lead.
Salado's heroics did not end there just yet as when the Altas came knocking to within two, he drove hard to the basket and dished to Dariel Bayla who then converted an and-one play.
With 14 seconds left in the match, he once again flaunted his playmaking brilliance by setting up Justin Arana underneath to finally seal Perpetual’s fate.
The 5-foot-8 playmaker finished with 18 points, 12 assists, four steals, three rebounds and, most importantly, the win that arrested the Chiefs' three-game losing skid.
With his exceptional performance, Salado earned the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award.
“Sinasabihan ko lang 'yung teammates ko na kaya pa naman natin kasi kaya nga natin 'yung malalakas, humahabol nga tayo. Huwag lang dapat kami mawalan ng gana,” said the Cagayan de Oro native about 3-9 Arellano's playoff hopes.
Salado edged Noah Lugo of Mapua University, James Canlas of San Beda University, and Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum of the Philippines University for the weekly recognition given by print and online scribes covering the country’s oldest collegiate league.
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