Phillips brothers brace for reunion

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BEN PHILLIPS/IG BEN, Mike and Isaiah Phillips are set to reunite at La Salle when it vies in Season 86 UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

De La Salle University will have a rare opportunity of parading three brothers inside the court when Isaiah Phillips gets reunited with his brothers — Ben and Mike — in Season 86 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

In an interview, the 22-year-old Isaiah bared that he is thrilled to join his brothers and help them win a title for the Green Archers for the first time since 2016.

Isaiah is set to earn his East Asian Studies from Miami University this May. Then, he will enroll at La Salle for his master’s degree that will give him three years of eligibility in the UAAP.

He said despite the presence of his brothers, he will still undergo tryouts to prove that he deserves a spot in the Green Archers’ roster.

“In the States, I just really miss my brothers,” Isaiah, a 6-foot-8 forward, said.

“We’re always strong as a unit and I feel that I can bring something to La Salle. I really just want to get in touch with my Filipino side and continue my education.”

Isaiah added that he is looking to replicate the mindset of his brothers when he starts playing for La Salle.

“I will adopt a workhorse type of attitude, rebounding and be really energetic and good on the defensive end. I can use my body a lot to guard bigger guys and open up the floor a little bit,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ben and Mike have already turned into La Salle sensations.

While Ben had emerged into a two-sport hero as he both plays basketball and volleyball, Mike concentrated more on basketball and earned a Mythical Team selection and finished second in the Rookie of the Year derby in Season 84.

Ben said it’s tough to transition from basketball to volleyball.

“The mental aspect of volleyball, you have different plays, offense and defense,” he said.

“But for volleyball, you have to execute the plays like back spike, front one and be quick on the fly.”

Mike, for his part, said their future looks bright with coach Topex Robinson at the helm.

“Coach Topex is a really good coach and he really brings the team together. The (La Salle) community can look forward to a new team that really loves playing together.”

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