Sumang slowly finding his niche in the PBA
Paul Lintag on Jan 15, 2017 08:22 PM
Playing for Blackwater in his second pro season, it looks like Sumang has found a perfect fit with the Elite, making the most of his limited time as a sparkplug off the bench.
After starring for the University of the East Red Warriors in the UAAP, Roi Sumang has struggled to find his niche in the PBA.
But playing for Blackwater in his second pro season, it looks like Sumang has found a perfect fit with the Elite, making the most of his limited time as a sparkplug off the bench.
However, Sumang made a case for himself Sunday after playing his best game of the year against the veteran Alaska Aces.
The Tondo baller exploded for 17 points in the second half, spearheading Blackwater's offense that went on to score a 103-100 upset. Most impressive about Sumang's performance was 10 of his 19 total points came in the fourth quarter.
Six of those 10 came in the last 1:21 of the game.
While he's only been fielded in half of Blackwater's games so far this season, Elite head coach Leo Austria sure knows what he's getting from Sumang.
"He's Roi Sumang. Alam naman natin kung ano pwede niyang gawin," he said.
"You can backtrack to his collegiate days at UE. Tiyempo-tiyempo lang. We're still stikcing to our rule of whoever performs well gets rewarded with extra minutes and true to his performance, he was able to really showcase his talent again," he added.
As for Roi himself, it was just a matter of repaying his coach.
"Coming off the bench, yun lang naman sina sabi nila coach eh. Kung ano lang yung gusto nila mangyari, yun lang ginagawa namin," Sumang said.
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