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Almazan repays MVP group's trust as he grabs career-high 24 rebounds for the Bolts

by Reynald Magallon, November 08, 2019 8:19pm

Meralco Bolts center Raymond Almazan insisted that he was just merely repaying the trust that the MVP group has given him when he pulled down career-high 24 rebounds in the Bolts, 92-74, victory over the Columbian Dyip on Wednesday.

The 6'8" beanpole also provided 18 points and two block playing with a perfect harmony with Bolts import Allen Durham who netted  game-high 34 points.

"Blessed din ako na kinuha nila ako. Nothing against to the Rain or Shine pero iba sila alagaan ako. Sobrnag blessed talaga na napunta ako sa MVP group di lang ako inaalagaan nila, inaalagaan nila yung pamilya ko. Siguro give back ko lang," said Almazan who's been playing great as of late and was pivotal for the Bolts, 7-2 perfomance in the ongoing Governors' Cup.

 For Almazan, he was just trying to do the work the head coach Norman Black has given to him and he was happy to contribute to the Bolts. He also credited Durham for attracting the opponents defenses, leaving him room to operate in the paint.

"Go with the flow lang naman ako sa team namin eh kung sino mainit sa loob support lang kamin and then siguro yung double-double bonus na lang sa akin yung kasi si AD nag aattract ng so much defense eh," said Almazan.

"Nung first half sakin ang bagsak ng bola and then binabox out ni AD yung import ng KIA so career-high ko ata yung 24," he added.

Almazan however refused to get too carried away with the latest feat in his career saying that what's important for him right now is to help the Bolts pile up wins, and eventually make a return trip to the Finals with Durham again trying to lead the Bolts.

"Di mahalaga yun, basta manalo kami tsaka make the most out of it pag andito si AD sabi nga ni coach eh. Pag andito si AD sobrang contender ng team namin."

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