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Balanza bags Player of the Week by uniting all of the NCAA

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Despite his absence, Jerrick Balanza was awarded NCAA’s Player of the Week due to his strength and courage off the court.

Facing a battle of his own after being diagnosed with brain tumor, Balanza served as inspiration and motivation for Letran Knights, as his squad defeated the Arellano Chiefs, 99-82, on Thursday to keep the Final Four bid alive.

“Hindi naman nawala sa team namin yan e. He’s still part of the team,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.

Aside from the Letran Knights, Balanza was also able to unite all of NCAA by receiving well-wishes from his colleagues and fans alike which warmed everyone’s heart.

“Good thing naman na buong NCAA, kahit yung mga kalaban namin, nagkakaisa para makatulong kay Jerrick,” said Quinto.

Balanza’s surgery for the removal of the tumor in his brain was a complete success last Friday.

However, he is still in dire need of financial assistance for his treatment.