MANILA, Philippines — La Salle youngster Kevin Quiambao has pledged to return to the Blue Archers as they attempt to redeem themselves during the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament.
Rookie of the Year Quiambao has quelled speculation that he will not return to the Blue Archers after failing to live up to expectations this season 85.
“Babalik ako for Season 86. Nakausap ko na naman lahat ng La Salle. Ayun nga, ‘yung goal namin na mag-champion next season, kailangan ko ibalik ‘yung crown sa Taft,'” Quiambao said after accepting his award.
(I’ll be back in Season 86. I talked to La Salle [coaches and officials]. Our goal is to win the championship next season. I need to bring back Taft’s crown.)
The 6-foot-8 striker sparked much speculation after posting an Instagram story with the caption: “See you next season!” after La Salle lost to Adamson in the play-off for the fourth seed.
Quiambao missed the final two games of the Green Archers as he was put through health and safety procedures.
“This season has been a roller coaster ride. We had a lot of injuries and faced a lot of challenges. We didn’t reach our goal,” he said in Filipino. “We will try to win the championship next season and stay healthy.”
The top rookie, who averaged 11.23 points, 6.54 rebounds, 3.23 assists and 1.08 steals in the knockout stages, believes he has met the mark. hope in his rookie year.
“For me, I have lived up to expectations. This is a huge achievement for me and a huge morale booster for the next season. I’m happy to receive this individual award, but sad that we didn’t win the championship, that’s our goal,” Quiambao said.
Student cadet Gilas presented awards to his comrades.
“I really admire my teammates because they have helped me play better this season,” Quiambao said.
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