Veteran wingman Carlo Lastimosa has built a reputation for being a scorer dating back to his days of carrying the offensive cudgels for the College of St. Benilde in the NCAA.
Because of this, the focus of the opponent’s defense has always been on him. However, that isn’t the case on this Clarin Sto. Niño that he’s currently playing for in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup as he has several big names by his side in 2019-2020 Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup Season MVP John Wilson, versatile point guard Pamboy Raymundo and Joseph Eriobu.
Clarin showed off their potent offense in their 72-66 victory over the Roxas Vanguards last weekend which saw Lastimosa put up 22 points while Wilson added 15 markers, four assists, and four steals.
"Sobrang dali ng basketball kapag may kakampi kagaya nina John, nina Pamboy," said Lastimosa after the match. "Hindi ka pwedeng basta-basta maghelp kasi ang daming scorer sa amin, ang daming shooter," he added.
Eriobu and Raymundo also did a lot of damage with the former producing 14 points and seven boards and the latter piling up seven markers, six rebounds, six dimes, and two steals.
Having all those capable and experienced players is a relief for Clarin head coach Miguel Borilla Jr. especially when their backs are against the wall. Against Roxas, Clarin found themselves under fire from the Vanguards in the fourth period but the trio of Lastimosa, Wilson, and Eriobu came alive and scored 19 of the team’s 21 points during that stretch to push the team to the victory.
"Talagang may mapupuntahan kaming opensa kapag kakailanganin namin," said the Borilla.
More than his teammates’ scoring abilities, Lastimosa is relishing in the fact that they all have experience, which would allow them to power through close games.
"Beterano naman lahat ng mga kasama ko, nandiyan sila John Wilson, nandiyan sila Pamboy so kung sinong mainit sa amin, finifeed lang namin yung bola," said Lastimosa. (JNP)