Soberano hurts shooting hand, still lifts Lions to W
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 19, 2016 06:29 PM
SHOOTER'S MENTALITY. Mini-slump and ailing shooting hand, it was still AC Soberano who shot San Beda over daring EAC.
After claiming the Three-Point Shootout in the NCAA All-Star, AC Soberano missed his next six shots from long-distance.
The San Beda College sharpshooter finally got one to go inside the last two minutes on Friday at the San Juan Arena and it couldn’t have come at a better time. He then added one more just for good measure to shoot his squad over daring Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Asked about how he put an end to his mini-slump, Soberano responded, modest as always, “Tsamba nga lang. Basta inisip ko na hindi kami pwede matalo sa EAC.”
More than getting over his mini-slump, apparently, the Tarlac native also had to overcome his ailing shooting hand. Not many noticed, but his right hand was bandaged – and he is a right-handed shooter.
Explaining what happened, Soberano said, “Natulak kanina before the game. Namamaga rito sa side, pero wala namang fracture.” He also added, “Kaya ko pa naman.”
The Red Lions’ designated sharpshooter assured the faithful over in Mendiola that his hurting hand was facing nothing serious. He just needs to put it on ice and put it through therapy.
Nonetheless, Soberano admitted that the bandages threw him off his rhythm early on. “Nung una, naiilang ako kasi ’di ko alam gagawin ko. Nung una, ni-tape tapos tinanggal ko tapos binalik ulit,” he said.
He then continued, “Pero nung humahabol na (ang EAC), sinabi ko kailangang mag-step up.”
The second-year sniper also deflected all credit back to coach Jamike Jarin who kept on putting him on the floor even through his mini-slump and ailing shooting hand. As he put it, “Tiwala rin kasi si coach diba kaya kailangan ko lang din suklian yung time and tiwalang binibigay niya sa akin.”
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