Nimes on Mapua’s loss to San Beda: ‘We could play with these guys’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 27, 2015 07:50 PM
SILVER LININGS. Josan Nimes' spectacular return game along with their competitive loss to the defending champions has Mapua still felling good about their chances.
Even if it ended in a loss, 24-year-old Josan Nimes remained upbeat about his 23-point, seven-rebound performance – his first NCAA game in over two years.
“I had a lot more butterflies than I do normal games because of the big crowd and the coverage, but I felt good. It felt great to be coming back,” he said.
Nimes was the sole reason the upstart Cardinals were able to keep up with the five-time defending champions, but admittedly ran out of gas in the endgame. The Filipino-Austrian erupted for 17 points in the first half, but only scored six more the rest of the way.
Talking about his personal assessment of his first game back from consecutive back and knee injuries, Nimes said, “I’ll give myself a five because I should’ve paced myself a little better. I came out too excited. I ran out of gas.”
Still, the Mapua team captain shared that he reminded his teammates to focus on the silver lining. “Actually, I think we were surprised that we were in the game and we had a chance to win. We’re not used to having a close game with that kind of team,” he said.
He then continued, “I think now with this game we realized that we could play with these guys. I think teams won’t take us for granted anymore. I think teams would really have to prepare for us now.”
Moreover, the Fil-Aussie reminded everyone that the upstart Cardinal squad still has a lot of ways to go as he said, “It wasn’t even close to our best game.”
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