IBP-Rizal looking to make a strong impression in the Advocatus League

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By Jordan Samar - Published April 22, 2019

 

IBP-Rizal is no longer new to the local recreational hoops scene, especially with their extensive experience in competing at the IBP League, and they’re looking to bring their A-game in the ongoing Advocatus League.


The Rizal-based team has already competed in the IBP’s Southern Region League and even won a title and they represented the region in their national convention in Iloilo last year.

“We won the title last year [sa IBP] and hopefully, maidala namin ‘yung momentum namin dito sa Advocatus League,” said Soriano.

Given their success in such a short time, at one point, even team representative Atty. Karl Soriano questioned on whether they’re meant to be full-time lawyers or basketball players.

“Actually, kung iisipin mo, ballers-lawyers talaga kami eh,” said Soriano in jest.

Unlike most teams, IBP-Rizal didn’t have any trouble in recruiting players. Despite having busy work schedules, it was their love for the game that stood out the most.

“It wasn’t difficult to recruit players since everybody here is dedicated to play basketball. If I’m not mistaken, we have 24 players in our pool, which is the most in our league,” bared Soriano.


Currently at 2-1, the team will be bannered by the one-two punch of Karl Soriano and Andre Liu, who have proved to be a lethal combination against all the counterparts.

Karl Soriano, who is the team’s top playmaker, is currently averaging 12.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 4.0 APG. He is the second leader in statistical points for the team.


 

Andre Liu, on the other hand is a beast in the interior, and he is tallying norms of 17.3 PPG, 10.3 PPG, and 3.3 APG. He is the team's leader in statistical points with his two Player of the Game citations, and currently 6th in the Most Valuable Player race (Source: http://kingsofthecourt.ph/advocatus/league-leaders) 

Add along to their mix of streaky shooters and heady defenders, IBP-Rizal is a force to be reckoned with as they gun for the league’s inaugural championship.