Not on the lineup last year, Basibas and De Guzman now making noise for UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 17, 2016 07:42 PM
Basibas and De Guzman now making noise for UST
UNLIKELY HEROES. From out of nowhere, Reggie Boy Basibas and Oliver De Guzman connived for back-to-back hits that allowed UST to get back on track.

Reggie Boy Basibas and Oliver De Guzman were not on the roster when University of Sto. Tomas had their magical run into last season’s Finals.

Basibas, now 22-years-old, suffered a season-ending groin injury while the now 18-year-old De Guzman was still serving his residency.

And yet, now in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the two of them were on the floor in the last two minutes as the Growling Tigers were trying to ward off University of the Philippines. Describing how he felt, De Guzman said, “Nakaka-overwhelm kasi ako yung pinili ni coach. Rookie ako tapos ako nakalaro nung fourth quarter.”

The first-year guard wasted no time in repaying coach Boy Sablan’s trust and buried a long-range bomb that granted UST the lead they would keep until the final buzzer. “Ang sarap. Ang sarap sa feeling nung pumasok yun,” he expressed after the game.

He then continued, “Nagpapasalamat ako kay coach kasi grabe yung binibigay niyang kumpyansa sa akin.”

Not letting himself get left behind, Basibas then drilled his own long jumper following a defensive stop. “Buti na lang, yung coaches namin, binibigyan talaga kami ng kumpyansa,” he said post-game, explaining where he drew the guts to take and make the shot.

Without anybody expecting it, the two connived for the first five points in the pivotal 8-0 push that got the Tigers back on track.

And in their eyes, there could be no better time than now to make their presence felt for UST especially with the absence of a clear go-to-guy like Kevin Ferrer or Ed Daquioag as well as the early exit due to injury of Embons Bonleon. As the second-year forward put it, “Kailangan naming mag-step up kasi si Bonleon, malaking bagay na nawala sa amin.”

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