Desiderio’s PBA-best ends up in a lopsided loss
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 01, 2019 09:43 PM
Paul Desiderio promises to keep working so that his on-court life may catch up with his off-court life
ANTIPOLO – Off the court, Paul Desiderio has been doing good for himself.
After leading the University of the Philippines to a historic season in the UAAP 81, Desiderio got himself drafted fourth overall in the 2018 PBA Draft.
He was then featured in ABS-CBN pillar Maalala Mo Kaya and was then gifted with his very own Chooks-to-Go branch.
The relationship front hasn’t been too bad either as, just two days ago, he apparently had a so-called “affidavit of love” signed, sealed, and delivered for his beau. “Wala lang yun. Siyempre, diskarte lang,” he answered when asked about it.”
He then continued, “Malapit na Valentine’s e, ‘di ba? Advance lang.”
Of course, that was all in good fun.
Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that Desiderio’s got the off-court part of his life on lockdown.
On-court, however, has been a different story.
The now-Blackwater guard has stumbled out of the gates in his rookie season – only averaging 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.
He finally busted out for the Elite on Friday in Antipolo’s Ynares Center, scoring a PBA-best 12 points in 30 minutes of play.
Unfortunately, his breakout game in the pros was far from enough from preventing his team falling victim to rampaging Phoenix.
In the end, the Fuel Masters kept their spotless slate with a 114-95 rout that also sent Blackwater to 1-4 in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.
Nonetheless, Desiderio only promised to keep working and doing his best to help the Elite to victory. “Dahan-dahan ko lang sinusuklian yung trust ni coach Bong [Ramos]. Lagi niyang sinasabi na, ‘Diskarte ka, kaya mo yan,’” he shared.
He then continued, “Kaya yun, kelangan ko rin ma-earn yung trust niya sakin.”
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