Ateneo de Manila University proved itself worthy of wearing the flag in the recently concluded 2018 William Jones Cup.
From giving a good scare to defending champion Canada to downing a Lithuanian club team and from going on a three-game win run to Matt Nieto hitting a game-winner to take down the host country, the Blue Eagles have, without a doubt, made the Philippines proud.
All of that would always be etched in the memory of Gian Mamuyac.
“All in all, this whole thing is something that I will never forget in my whole existence. The schedule and the level of competition were tough, but I wouldn’t have gone through I with anyone else but this Blue Eagle Band of Brothers,” he shared.
While all eyes were on Nieto, Thirdy Ravena, and Angelo Kouame, Mamuyac also proved to be a problem for many of the other teams in the tournament.
Of course, his defense was there, but so was the offense as he totaled the 27 points in their last two games.
Still, Mamu, as he is fondly called, reiterated that defense remains his calling card. As he put it, “Coming into a game, I never think of points or scoring. We already have a lot of guys in our team who are really good in doing that so I just really focus on playing defense.”
He then continued, with a laugh, “Kung maka-score, bonus na lang yun.”
With that in mind, the UAAP better prepare for a more cerebral defensive stopper in the incoming second-year swingman as his Jones Cup stint made him appreciate even more the value of scouting reports. “The biggest lesson I learned from the tournament is how to adjust quickly to scouting reports. We played eight straight games and the coaches did an amazing job of providing information about our opponents day after day,” he said.
He then continued, “We had to adjust our game plan every day and we had to perfectly execute what our coaches drew up.”
Imagine that, Mamuyac, long-limbed and quick as a cat, knowing each and every one of your tendencies.
That just might be the nightmare of the likes of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Paul Desiderio, Aljun Melecio, and Jasper Parker.
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