The NCAA Juniors Basketball title is coming back to Intramuros after 22 long years.
The Colegio de San Juan de Letran Squires broke the school’s title-less drought in high school hoops on Thursday, defeating College of Saint Benilde-La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 77-61, at the San Andres Sports Complex to complete a sweep of the Finals.
And leading the way once again for the Squires was the ultra-smooth, ultra-talented Andy Gemao, who finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in the rout. The 16-year-old youngster, a Mythical Five member alongside La Salle’s Seven Gagate and Luis Pablo, was fittingly named Finals MVP, posting per game averages of 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists for the series—against arguably the tallest frontline in all of high school basketball.
Naturally, fans are impressed by this talented youngster, and many took to Twitter to praise the young champion. This tweet, for example, puts into context just how impressive a feat that Finals MVP is for Gemao:
Safe to say these fans were impressed:
Basketball content creator HoopJunkie also took notice, and suggested that Gemao is only going to get better.
This fan thinks Gemao is too good for the local hoops high school scene—so much that he needs to do his thing overseas as he has nothing more to prove here.
Looks like this fan is thinking the same thing, but called for Gemao to stay for one more year.
The good news for Letran is that Gemao will apparently be staying with the Squires—at least for next season.
“Nag-commit na po ako para next year,” Gemao told the Letran crowd while being interviewed post-game. ”Mag-i-stay po ako sa Letran.”