Mapua’s rise coinciding with Menina’s emergence

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 09, 2015 09:16 PM
Mapua’s rise coinciding with Menina’s emergence
YOUNGSTER GUNNER. Darell Menina has been shooting very confidently from the field in the last three games.

Call him Darell, call him Shane. It doesn’t matter to him.

As he told ABS-CBN Sports, “Kahit ano. Pareho lang naman.”

After all, all that matters is that “Menina” is the name which most frequently rang around the San Juan Arena as Mapua Institute of Technology completed their late-season surge to stay alive in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Going 8-1 in the second round, the Cardinals earned for themselves a playoff for a Final Four berth against Arellano University on Tuesday. And they wouldn’t have done it if not for their first-year guard finally finding his stroke.

After only averaging 7.2 points with only a total of 15 triples in 35 percent shooting, Menina went on a three-game tear with per game numbers of 15.3 points with a total of 10 triples in 51.3 shooting. He also ended as his team’s top-scorer in all but one of those contests.

Asked about his hot streak, the rookie sniper humbly said, “Swerte lang. May tiwala yung teammates ko sakin so kung tumitira ako, shoot with confidence lang.”

Menina was recruited by head coach Atoy Co when Mapua participated in a pocket tournament in Cebu during the preseason. According to the Cebuano, “The Fortune Cookie” didn’t have to do much to convince him to head to Intramuros as he said, “Hindi ko na sinayang yung offer, yung opportunity. Matagal ko nang pangarap na maglaro sa Maynila.”

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