After four games for Arellano University, Filipino-Australian great Cade Flores has already proven himself with the Chiefs.
The 6-foot-4 slugger is posting 11.75 points and 11.75 rebounds so far in the NCAA Season 98 Senior Basketball Tournament while filling the big shoes left by Justin Arana.
His best game to date came against two-time titlist Letran last Sunday, when he had 18 points and nine rebounds as Arellano snapped the Knights’ 14-game winning streak dating back to 2019.
Behind that double average and win, Flores was hailed as this year’s first Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week presented by the Philippine Sports Commission.
The impact rookie beat CSB’s Migs Oczon, San Sebastian’s Rommel Calahat and LPU’s Enoch Valdez for the weekly award, backed by minor MNL sponsors Kingpin and Tinapayan Festival, handed out by print and online scribes covering the beat .
For Flores, upsetting the defending champions shows that Arellano, as a team, needs to be reckoned with.
“I like the challenge. This helps build trust with each other. We take every game as a challenge for us.” the 24-year-old said after the Chiefs’ first win over the Knights in six years.
Arellano’s best guns then? None other than Jio Jalalon and Kent Salado, who led the school to its second Finals appearance – and its last playoff berth. At 3-1 this season, Flores is optimistic about the Chiefs’ chances of doing the same.