Who would’ve thought? ‘Mr. Intangibles’ Luib goes 5-of-7 from deep

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 15, 2016 08:41 PM
Who would’ve thought? Luib goes 5-of-7 from deep
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None of Mcjour Luib’s 11 attempts from distance went in through the first three games in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

He didn’t fare any better from inside the arc with a 12.5 overall shooting clip.

But no matter, the veteran guard was never known as a scorer. Long known as “Mr. Intangibles,” his impact never necessarily appeared on the stat sheet.

Come Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s fourth contest, however, Luib seemingly strayed away from his identity. Not only did he score 17 points, all but two of those came from triples.

More than that, the Knights’ court general made good on five of his seven attempts from long-range. Not bad at all for someone whose tendency is to make plays for the shot instead of taking the shot himself.

So what changed for Luib’s stroke? As it turns out, all he needed was for just one trey to find the bottom of the net.

And that one trey found the bottom of the net for him at the most enthralling of times – just before the buzzer sounded during a tuneup game last Saturday. “Naka-game winner ako kalaban (PBA D-League’s) Tanduay. ‘Di ako binantayan nung last five seconds so tinira ko na, pumasok naman,” he said.

He then continued, “Sabi ko nun, bakit dito nakaka-shoot ako. Kaya pagdating ng larong to, nag-focus talaga ako.”

Still, the Letran skipper said he wouldn’t be stopping here just yet and only wants to build on his surprising shooting. “Buti ngayon lumabas, buti na lang. Pero long way to go pa so sana maging consistent ang shooting ko,” he said.

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