Agem Miranda now at the controls as JRU tries to lift off in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2019 05:57 PM
Agem Miranda now at the controls as JRU tries to lift off
Agem Miranda is only hoping to build on his breakout game to help young JRU get off the ground in NCAA 95

Jose Rizal University is one of the youngest - if not the youngest - teams in all of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Now led by second-year players Ry Dela Rosa and Agem Miranda who are then flanked by rookies John Amores, JL Delos Santos, Marwin Dionisio, and Stefan Steinl, there is no doubt that the Heavy Bombers are undergoing a rebuilding process.

Still, young, rebuilding JRU needed just a third try to score its first win in the tournament.

And at the forefront of it all was Miranda who dropped a career-best 25 points, none bigger than the follow-up basket and then a corner triple in the final minute to lift his team over Arellano University last Friday.

Not only that, the sophomore swingman also had to overcome cramps before saving the day for the blue and yellow. "Gustong-gusto ko po kasi talagang manalo sa game na ito. Gusto ko talagang bumalik sa game nun kaya sinabi ko po talaga kay coach," he answered when asked about him getting subbed out of the game in the middle of the final frame.

From there, head coach Louie Gonzalez put his full faith on Miranda as the former re-inserted the latter late in the game.

And so, when the ball found Miranda in both possessions in the endgame, Coach Louie had no doubt he was going to deliver.

This, even though the 19-year-old was in uniform, but not in action in their two previous games.

In losses to San Sebastian College-Recoletos and then Colegio de San Juan de Letran, he rode the bench as Coach Louie decided to go somewhere else.

Still, Miranda did not lose hope - and instead, the benching only motivated him more. "Sinabi ko po talaga kay coach na babawi po ako ngayon. Bad game po kasi talaga kao nung first game," he said, referring to their debut game in the season, a loss to San Beda University that saw him only contributing two points..

He then continued, "Sinabi ko po talaga na sorry. Mula po nun, ayun, nag-commit lang ako sa sistema niya."

Once he did that, the 6-foot promising player was given the controls to the Heavy Bombers' offense. "Halos bago po talaga team namin so I need to step up," he said.

He then continued, "Sinabi ko na rin po kay Ry na kailangan nating manalo at sa atin manggagaling yung takbo ng team."

And in the end, he did nothing but pilot them off the ground - and hopefully, into greater heights.

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