NCAA: Escamis taking on more than just the scoring load for Mapua
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 20, 2018 07:21 PM
Clint Escamis wants nothing more than to be known as a two-way player
Clint Escamis had a frustrating first game for his last season in the NCAA Juniors.
Mapua High School’s main man only played 16 minutes and only had nine points, two rebounds, and two assists before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
Without him leading the way, the powerhouse Red Robins found themselves at the wrong end of an upset by Jose Rizal University.
Escamis wasted no time in making up for that sorry performance leading to a sorry loss., though.
The do-it-all graduating guard bounced back big-time with 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in his second game of the season. “Sobrang mindset ko talaga, makabawi, makabawi, Siyempre, magandang opportunity lalo kasi defending champion yan e,” he said post-game.
Yes, he did all that up against defending champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills.
And with him not fouling out and leading the way, Mapua entered the win column via a convincing victory versus the Junior Blazers.
According to head coach Randy Alcantara, Escamis just did what he promised he would do. “Nun pa lang, sorry siya nang sorry. Sabi niya, babawi siya kaya alam ko na talagang willing siyang ibigiya yung lahat para sa team na ‘to,” he shared.
Along with scoring, the 18-year-old made it up to his team by taking on some of the defensive duties on Finals MVP Joel Cagulangan. “China-challenge ko sarili ko kasi para sa akin, siya pinakamahirap depensahan so opportunity yun for me to prove naman yung defense ko,” he said.
With him, Karl Mariano, and Roseler Sarias taking turns, Cagulangan, clutch as clutch could be, was held to one point in the final frame.
And so, in the end, the Finals rematch went the way of the Red Robins while the personal duel opposite Cagulangan went the way of Escamis.
That two-way game is what he is aspiring to bring each and every time he takes the floor. “Offense and defense dapat. Ipu-prove ko dapat na I can shoot and drive the ball and then defend,” he said.
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