Surprise visit from recovering Balanza brings out best from Letran | Inquirer Sports

Surprise visit from recovering Balanza brings out best from Letran

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 01:42 AM October 06, 2018

Jerrick Balanza has emerged as an inspiring figure for Letran for their NCAA Season 94 campaign.

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It was no surprise that when Balanza made his first appearance since his brain surgery to remove a tumor in the temporal lobe last month on Friday, his teammates responded with an 80-79 squeaker past the top-ranked Lyceum.

“I’m just so happy and no one knew that I was coming only father [Vic Calvo] knew I was going to visit,” said Balanza in Filipino. “I called father Vic and told him that I will drop by and all of us will fight.”

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“I want to see my second family and this was the first time that I felt nervous during a game because I was a spectator,” added Balanza.

Balanza’s surprise visit may have brought out the best in Larry Muyang and Bong Quinto.

Muyang finished with a team-high 23 points with 16 rebounds while Quinto put up 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

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“Practice is very different without Jerrick because he’s not there with us and he’s our brother,” said Quinto in Filipino.

“At first I didn’t notice Jerrick then he called me so I felt like it pushed me and Bong said our brother is here and I think this was the surprise father Vic was telling us earlier,” said Muyang in Filipino.

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