Arellano's Gumaru gets breakout game as birthday gift

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2016 07:32 PM
Arellano's Gumaru gets breakout game as birthday gift
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. Donald Gumaru will celebrate his 24th year in the world with a win.

Expected to be the third head in Arellano University’s monster of a backcourt, Donald Gumaru has been, to put it bluntly, non-existent in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Until Tuesday at the San Juan Arena, that is.

Only shooting six-of-44 from long distance before today, the graduating guard buried five triples to provide a timely boost for Arellano University against Mapua Institute of Technology.

In all, Gumaru scored 15 points to make his way back as a key cog in the Chiefs’ high-offense. Asked to react to his long-awaited breakout game, he answered, “’Di ko alam (nararamdaman ko). Sabi ni coach, ‘Sige, tira ka lang nang tira.’”

He then continued, “Ganun din sabi ng teammates ko kaya ayun, ginawa ko lang kung ano yung best ko.”

As it turns out, the Arellano player’s breakout couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only did he help his team earn a twice-to-beat advantage for the next round, he also got for himself the perfect present in turning 24-years-old.

“He’s been playing well for the past three games. Hesitant lang nung first round, but now, he’s a veteran. And it’s his birthday today at ang gandang pa-birthday ito sa amin,” coach Jerry Codinera expressed.

Lead guard Jiovani Jalalon echoed the same sentiments. “Gumanda laro ni Donald. Nagpapasalamat kami sa kanya na nag-step up talaga siya kasi yun birthday wish niya,” he said.

For his part, Gumaru shared that his extended birthday wish is for his strong showings to keep going. “Ngayon, kelangan ibigay ko na yung best ko hanggang matapos yung season. Gusto rin namin makapasok sa Finals kaya dapat magtulungan kami,” he said.

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