UST says it can do even better after going 19-of-44 from deep

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 07, 2019 08:01 PM
UST says it can do better after going 19-of-44 from deep
UST will not stop taking - and hopefully making - three-pointers

University of Sto. Tomas’ long-range missiles were mostly on target on Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

With them, the Growling Tigers sent a statement in the 2019 PBA D-League, downing erstwhile unbeaten Cignal-Ateneo de Manila University by a score of 112-98.

The Espana-based squad just kept burying the Blue Eagles in a barrage of threes, going 19-of-44 from deep.

More than half of their total field goals attempted were triples – and the UAAP 81 champions just had no answer as they were only able to muster seven makes on 20 tries from deep.

For graduating guard Renzo Subido, who accounted for five treys, this was just the next step in the journey they began a year ago in the UAAP. “Last year pa naman, yung system namin talaga, more on threes,” he said.

Indeed, UST ranked first in terms of perimeter points and second in terms of three-point shot attempts last year.

Subido was also quick to point out, however, that the addition of Beninese big man Soulemane Chabi Yo allowed them to take their shooting even further. “This year, it’s a good thing that we have Chabi Yo and yung iba pa naming bigs na maggaling din. They open up more shots for us,” he said.

Alongside those bigs, the Growling Tigers have also welcomed with open arms more than capable shooters in newcomers Rhenz Abando, Sherwin Concepcion, Mark Nonoy, and Brent Paraiso.

And for them, they just aren’t letting down head coach Aldin Ayo who has full faith in all of them. As Abando, who hit six triples, put it, “Malaki yung binibigay na kumpyansa sa amin ni coach. Sinasabi rin niya sa amin na malaking bagay yung kumpyansa at ‘di dapat mawala sa sarili yun.”

Nonoy, after chipping in three treys, can only agree. “Nakuha na namin yung kumpyansa namin, yung rhythm namin. Wala nang jitters kaya kumportable na kaming tumira,” he said.

With their confidence way up there, UST will only continue launching long-range missiles. “Mas marami pa [sa susunod] kasi siyempre the more attempts, the more chances of winning,” Nonoy kidded.

Cool, calm, and collected as ever, though, Subido was not making any guarantees. As he put it, “We'll see about that. Whatever the opponent gives us, yun ang ite-take namin.”

Whatever it is, one thing’s for sure, opponents better not leave the Growling Tigers open from behind the arc.


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