MANILA, Philippines—San Beda guard Jacob Cortez drew praise from his coach Yuri Escueta after providing the Red Lions a much-needed boost on Saturday.
With key cog Tony Ynot sidelined with a back injury, Cortez stepped up and delivered a breakout performance to help San Beda beat Jose Rizal University, 70-61.
“I’m mostly amazed by how he stayed patient and ready. Usually, a player that’s not used gets moody, sometimes you can’t blame those players because they are young and some are immature but with Jacob, I’m speechless,” said Escueta.
The 20-year-old Cortez collected 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes and 19 seconds of play.
Cortez, who is in his sophomore year, only averaged 5.13 points, 2.27 rebounds and 1.53 assists in 13 minutes per game heading into Saturday.
“Even in juniors and last season, I stayed ready. Now,…