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Dela Cruz says he just got lucky with post-Gilas call-up explosion

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Just three nights after his name was thrown into the Gilas mix, Arth Dela Cruz put up a good game for Blackwater against Star on Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

But in an interview with reporters, he said that it was just a mere good game for him.

"Swerte lang ako ngayon. Tumaas lang yung confidence ko," said the six-foot-four forward, who finished with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Unfortunately for him, the performance was enough to lift the Elite over the Hotshots.

"[It was a] tough loss," Dela Cruz lamented.

Still, the national team call-up is something worth giving gratitude.

"Sobrang thankful ako. Blessing sa akin yun, kasi di ko akalain na mapipili ako ni Coach Chot. Achievement para sa akin na mapili sa pool," continued Dela Cruz.

He vowed, "Ibibigay ko yung best ko kasi hindi lahat ng players nabibigyan ng ganitong opportunity."

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