PBA: 'Student' Desiderio concedes defeat to 'teacher' Cabagnot

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 06, 2019 10:16 PM
'Student' Desiderio concedes defeat to 'teacher' Cabagnot
Paul Desiderio was at the losing end in his first faceoff with mentor Alex Cabagnot

Paul Desiderio turned himself into a legendary figure for the University of the Philippines.

Along the way, of course, he was helped out by several coaches – one of whom he actually got to play against now in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

In the matchup between San Miguel and Blackwater on Wednesday at the MOA Arena, Desiderio, arguably the most important Fighting Maroon in recent history, got to guard Alex Cabagnot, who also moonlights as assistant coach for State U.

In their faceoff, the Elite’s prized rookie was only happy to report that he proudly showed off what he had learned to Cabagnot himself. “Lahat ng tinuro ni coach Alex, lumabas naman kanina,” he told reporters.

Only, Desiderio’s efforts, as well as his team as a whole, were far from enough to stop the Beermen who cruised to a 93-79 win.

In particular, the Blackwater youngster did nothing but acknowledge that he ran into a brick wall each and every time Cabagnot was on him. As he put it, “Si coach Alex, alam niya kung saan weakness ko. Kinain tayo ng buhay ng mentor natin.”

He then continued, “Teacher tsaka student, siyempre, panalo yung teacher, wala tayong magagawa dun.”

In the end, Desiderio only had four points in 2-of-8 shooting to his name.

Nonetheless, the UP product said he only relished the rare chance to go at it with a mentor. “Siyempre, masaya na yung mentor mo sa college, kalaban mo na sa PBA. Inisip ko na lang na nandito na kami sa pros e,” he shared.

He then continued, “’Di ko na lang inisip na coach ko siya, pero yung respect, nandun pa rin.”

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