Will Gozum: It’s more important to make the CSB community happy with the NCAA title

St. Benilde Blazers star Will Gozum. -NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines— Despite actually winning the NCAA Season 98 MVP award, St. Benilde College’s Will Gozum wants the championship more than the prestigious plum.

For Gozum, he wants to serve the Blazers community more than achieve personal satisfaction through the MVP plum.

“If I get an individual award, I will be the only one happy about it. It’s unfair to others, I want the whole community to be happy,” Gozum said after the Blazers’ 82-73 win over San Beda on Tuesday.

“Our next goal is to win and reach the finals. It’s been 20 years since this team came there. Hopefully we will get there. “If we become champions, not only us, but the whole community will be happy.”

The reigning MVP added to his double-double tally on Tuesday with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

For the season, Gozum is averaging 17.81 markers, 9.56 boards and 1.13 blocks per outing.

The three-time league Player of the Week continued to credit Benilde’s coaching staff not only for his performances, but also for the team’s newly acquired two-game winning streak.

“All this is thanks to my coaches. They always give me confidence. Even though I had a bad game, they gave me a chance to change my game. Their trust in me is there. I am very grateful for them.”

St. Benilde’s Final Four opponent, Letra, will look to face Jose Rizal University on Tuesday.

If the Knights win, CSB will face High School, but if the defending champions lose, the Blazers will face the Red Lions again.

NCAA: St. Benilde’s Will Gozum

St. Benilde star Will Gozum after the Blazers lead twice and beat San Beda in #NCAASeason98. | Rommel Fuertes/Inquirer Sports

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, November 22, 2022