Joseph The Dreamer

SM Lipa
July 19, 2014

By the time you read this, it’s been five days since the word electricity in this part of the universe was deemed extinct. No thanks to Thyphoon Glenda.
Don’t mistake this for a complain though.
Our brethrens in Leyet and Samar have worse fates.
So I will stop whinning and just shut my mouth and feel blessed that I’m alive and breathing. You should too.
As promised, Sportsmaryosep will bring you the UAAP and NCAA Press Corps’ weekly award–the ACCEL Quantum/316 Player of the Week. In the past two weeks, Perpetual Help’s Earl Scottie Thompson ran away as the back-to-back winner of the weekly plum while the UAAP scribes will start naming their week’s best this Monday.
And for this week, the citation goes to Lyceum’s Joseph Gabayni.
Here’s the story:

For years, Lyceum has been searching for someone who can man the middle. They found Joseph Gabayni.
The 6-5 Gabayni, a 20-year-old transferee from University of Santo Tomas, is good as advertised averaging 10.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in five games in helping the Pirates get into solo fifth spot with a 3-2 (win-loss) record behind league powerehouses San Beda, Perpetual Help, San Sebastian and Arellano U.
Gabayni particularly tore it up in his last two games, dropping 23 points and 10 rebounds in an 80-78 victory over the Mapua Cardinals last Monday and unloading 10 points and 12 boards in an 84-80 overtime win over the Jose Rizal Bombers Friday to emerge the ACCEL Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week.
“We knew that he (Gabayni) will be a major piece in our campaign this year and he recent play is proving me right,” said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan.
Gabayni, a native of Taytay, Rizal who made it to UST’s pool but never in the first team roster that led to his decision to transfer to Lyceum, bested teammates Guy Mbida of Cameroon and Dexter Zamora for the weekly plum backed by Bactigel hand sanitizer, Doctor J alcohol, Mighty Mom anti-bacteria.
Gabayni though thinks he still has room for improvement.
“I still have so many things to learn and challenges to hurdle. I also need to work harder,” said the soft-spoken Gabayni in Filipino.
Perpetual Help’s Earl Scottie Thompson emerged as the back-to-back winner of the weekly plum.

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(Photo courtesy of Jan Dizon of NCAA.org.ph)

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