Cebuano JB Bahio named NCAA Player of the Week

The San Beda Red Lions have won three straight games to regain its footing in the NCAA Season 98 collegiate basketball tournament and a big reason for the turnaround has been Cebuano big man JB Bahio.

The veteran slotman has been a double-double machine for the Mendiola-based crew, churning out 10 points and 14 rebounds alongside three assists in their 76-63 win over Arellano University last Wednesday.

He then picked up where he left off in San Beda’s 82-79 overtime triumph over old rival San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Sunday as Bahio poured in 11 markers and 16 boards to steer the Red Lions to their third consecutive win and strengthen their hold of the third spot with a 9-4 slate.

With Bahio proving why he's one of San Beda's cornerstones, he got the nod to be the Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week presented by San Miguel Corporation and the Philippine Sports Commission.

For Bahio, his consistent showing so far is a product of embracing his role in the team, especially as San Beda is looking to redeem its lost glory following an early Final Four exit last season.

"Sinunod ko lang 'yung role ko. Kung ano 'yung kulang sa team, 'yung rebounding, sinisipagan ko talaga at doble effort ako doon kasi nga 'yun 'yung kulang namin sa team," he said.

"Sa offense naman, kung may opportunity man, umaatake lang ako."

But he is not getting content, vowing to get better moving forward.

"Kailangan ko pa siguro mas mag-focus sa next games para bumaba 'yung turnovers ko," said Bahio.