Racal family helps Onwubere transform into all-around force

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 21, 2017 07:49 PM
Racal family helps Onwubere transform into all-around force
IN-AND-OUT. Sidney Onwubere unleashed his newest weapon in Racal's Game 1 win against CafeFrance.

Sidney Onwubere only converted 14 of his 67 from long-distance in the past two years for Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA.

That’s exactly why it’s safe to say that he is more of an inside presence.

In Game 1 of the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup semifinals, however, he put up 10 attempts from behind the arc and made good on half of them.

Yes, the double-double machine for the Generals boasted a 50 percent shooting mark in threes in the biggest game of his career.

None of those conversions was bigger than the game-winning triple he swished with 1.9 ticks to go. “Basta tinira ko lang yung bola,” he expressed, himself in awe, after lifting Racal to a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three series against CafeFrance.

Of course, the Filipino-Nigerian’s hot hands did not come out of nowhere.

As he put it, he took it upon himself to lead his family to victory. “Sabi ni (assistant coach) Anton Altamirano, ‘Sid, this is your family.’ Kaya nag-step up lang ako,” he shared.

He then continued, “Sobrang laki rin kasi ng kumpyansang binibigay nila sa akin. Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa Racal kasi pinagaling nila ako.”

And making that happen began way before the Tile Masters were even in the playoffs. “Sinasabi kasi nila coach na kailangan kong i-develop yung shooting ko going to the pros. Lagi kong iniisip na para sa future ko to kaya nilalagyan ko talaga ng oras ang shooting ko,” he said.

And now, that improved shooting form is just one of the reasons the EAC standout has found himself as a candidate for the MVP. “First time ko maglaro sa D-League so I just want to do my best. Gusto ko lang talagang ipakita yung kaya kong gawin,” he said.

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