With Holts back in form, Arellano now firing on all cylinders

Tricia Robredo on Jul 19, 2015 03:06 PM
With Holts back in form, AU now firing on all cylinders
SOPHOMORE SLUMP? Reigning Rookie of the Year Dioncee Holts he has finally overcome his early-season struggles.

As their game against the Mapua Cardinals went into overtime, Arellano University's Dioncee Holts just knew that his squad was going to pull through.

“I don’t want to sound mayabang but that was my mindset. We practiced so much harder than this overtime and we weren’t going to let that game slip away,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports after the game.

Dioncee had been performing inconsistently and that was why he resolved to get back on track and come out with a big game.

Instead of getting crippled by pressure, the Chiefs' big man embraced the challenge he brought upon himself. "I was ready. There’s nothing I could do but go all out on the court. I wasn’t going to let my team down again," he said.

He then continued, "I’ve been doing that kind of often. If I didn’t come through, I don’t know if they’re ever going to trust me again."

Holts shared that his struggles the past few games really came from overthinking and he realized that it hurt him and the rest of the team. So last Friday, he went back to the basics and just focused on bringing in some sort of positive energy.

The reigning Rookie of the Year also admitted to have paid a little more attention to Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme. “I wasn’t trying to stop him, but I tried to keep him further away from the basket. I don’t want him to get too comfortable getting the easy shots,” he said.

Chemistry and communication did the trick for Arellano as they prevailed over Mapua in overtime and as long as they keep going at it, they have a pretty good chance in the league. “Instead of just a few players doing the job, everyone is contributing. I think when we’re clicking, it’s difficult for any team to beat us,” he said.

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