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Val Chauca embraces IT comparison, vows to be great in just one season with Adamson


Val Chauca was nothing short of amazing in the final canto of the game.

Adamson was trailing by nine points with three minutes left, 62-71, when the Washington D.C native took over for the Falcons by scoring 11 of the team’s 16 unanswered points to claim the victory.

“This came down to what’s inside like your heart. It was all heart. I’m just glad we came out with the win and I’m glad we did it as a team,” said Chauca who finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.

Right before the game, the 5-foot-10 guard was just compared with NBA guard Isaiah Thomas — and it seemed legit because of their same playing style and shooting hand.

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Coach Franz Pumaren setting up @valandrelaguna with a dribble hand off at the top, while going through screens at the right corner. It’s same play that Boston Celtics Head Coach Brad Steven used to do with @isaiahthomas . – At 5’9 IT dominated the NBA with this play. It’s very hard to defend because the defender is left behind because due the speed of the off-ball target going through the screens. – There are many options. ✅ If the defender goes under the screen, Val can pull-up from 3 points. ✅ If the defender goes over the screen Val can attack the paint, and finish/get a foul. ✅ If the defense collapses on Val when drives, he can kick it out for an open shot. • • • #uaap #uaapseason82 #basketballplays #philippinebasketball #basketballph #wearepba #uaapseason81 #bostonceltics #bradstevens #adamsonsoaringfalcons #adamsonuniversity

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The Fil-Peruvian Chauca was glad to hear that comparison due to the fact that he is a huge IT fan himself.

“He is my favorite player in NBA right now, so it’s amazing to me. I’m honored and I’m humbled,” Chauca said. “It’s just humbling to even have that comparison.”

“IT was in the MVP race. I followed his whole career in Sacramento (Kings), I know everything about him. I kinda patterned my game after him.

Chauca even wanted to bring down the 2-time All Star here in the country.

“Isaiah Thomas — if you’re listening, please come out to the Philippines,” Chauca pleaded.

Going back to his stint with Adamson, the one-and-done talent knows that he only has a few games left to prove his worth, and he is determined to go all-in this Season 82

“In three months, this is going to be all over and you might never get the chance. Two and a half months, you might never get the chance again, especially in the seniors level,” he shared.

“So every time you step on the floor you not only represent the school, God, but you represent your family, your loved ones… Everyone that’s helped you along your journey.”

When the 24-year-old Chauca was asked about his goals in his short season, this was his answer.

“The goal is pretty simple – go to the finals, win the finals. Personally, I wanna win the MVP,” he admitted.

“I wanna be very efficient, keep my turnovers down. Shoot it efficiently. I just wanna keep winning.”