Sheriff repays coach's trust despite NU's 'Hack-a' strategy

Paul Lintag on Nov 22, 2015 07:19 PM
Sheriff repays coach's trust despite NU's 'Hack-a' strategy
"I just gotta be more confident." - Jon Sheriff on his free-throw line struggles.

Jon Sheriff found himself running away from NU defenders late in their Final Four matchup against the Bulldogs.

He was trying to escape the dreaded "Hack-A-Sheriff".

And although the veteran point guard would only go 3-of-10 from the charity stripe, Sheriff repaid the trust given to him by hounding Gelo Alolino with terrific defense. Alolino shot 1-of-17 for only six points.

"On my part I have to do a better job of sinking my free throw shots. It's more of a psychological thing I just gotta be more confident."

In a problem that has plagued Sheriff all season long, head coach Bong dela Cruz refused to remove his point guard from the game until it was absolutely necessary.

"Meron akong tiwala dito kay Jon eh, hindi lang talaga pumapasok pero gamble eh," Dela Cruz said.

The second-year coach would finally replace Sheriff with Marvin Lee only to put him back in to clamp down on Pao Javelona to finish the game.

Sheriff ended up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and was a plus 13 in 28 minutes.



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