UST coach Sablan on smoking Subido: ‘Alam kong puputok yun’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2016 07:46 PM
UST coach Sablan on smoking Subido: ‘Alam kong puputok yun’
SHOOTING STAR. The spotlight was on Renzo Subido in UST's victory versus UE.

While Karim Abdul, Ed Daquioag, and Kevin Ferrer were making the most of their last years and Marvin Lee was making a good impression in his rookie season, one name was fast forgotten for the University of Sto. Tomas.

Following a promising rookie campaign where he tallied 3.4 points per game in 16 minutes, Renzo Subido was sent to the shadows in the Growling Tigers’ run to the championship round.

Then, the five-foot-nine guard only averaged six minutes on the floor to go along with less than one point. Unlike the usual sophomore slump, however, the slowdown in his development was all because of an unfortunate injury.

As he narrated, “After my rookie year, around January (2015), I suffered an ACL injury in my right knee.”

Subido then went on to share proudly that he only took five months to get back into action from the devastating injury that usually needs six to 10 months to recover from. That didn’t mean, however, that he was also back in form as he continued recalling, “At first, it was very frustrating, but I took it as a challenge na pagdating ng next season (the ongoing Season 79), I’m gonna be a better player and a stronger player.”

The first step that the now 20-year-old took to make that happen was to plead then coach Bong Dela Cruz to keep him on the Season 78 lineup even though he was far from 100 percent. “I asked coach Bong na i-lineup pa rin ako even with the injury kasi with competitive practice every day, dun ko lang mare-regain yung old form ko,” he said.

And while he was toiling away on the bench during games as he was getting some strength back into his right knee, Subido said he worked doubly hard during training. “Kung last season, ‘di yun yung season ko, I made sure na next season (the ongoing Season 79), I’ll be back,” he said.

Now in the 79th Season, the gunslinging guard did now take long to prove his claim correct. In only their second matchup of the season, he rained down 26 points – his collegiate career-high – in an efficient 56 percent from the field to shoot UST onto their first win.

In the post-game conference, coach Boy Sablan said he was not at all surprised with the breakout game of his young talent from De La Salle Zobel. As he put it, “Alam kong puputok yun, nakita ko sa Cebu, nakita ko sa Taiwan. Yung tamang time lang talaga, nahanap na niya ngayon.”

He then continued, “Alam kong may mangyayari sa kanyang maganda this year. Talagang yan na si Renzo Subido.”

The even better news for the faithful over at Espana is that Subido is no longer feeling any ill effects of his ACL injury from a year ago. “Wala nang pain. It’s as good as new. I’m just happy na I’m here again and playing at a competitive level,” he said.

However, don’t expect him to go out and top his career-high just yet. “I don’t wanna jinx it. It’s just working hard every day and making sure I play consistently every game,” he said.

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