Aaron Black dedicates Ateneo W to dad and Meralco coach Norman

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2016 04:40 PM
Aaron Black dedicates Ateneo W to dad, Meralco coach Norman
THE RETURN. Aaron Black had for himself a triumphant return for Ateneo just as his dad gears up for Meralco's elimination game.

The Black family’s day on Wednesday started on the right note.

Aaron Black had for himself a triumphant return by helping Ateneo de Manila University in their romp of University of the East.

Back from a more than four-week absence due to a left foot injury, the second-year Blue Eagle only played 13 minutes, but did nothing but produce in notching four points, four rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

And Black hopes his and his team’s winning performance only inspires his dad and his father’s team in their own game later tonight. “Of course, I always wanna win one for my dad,” he said, referring to his father Norman who will coach Meralco in their elimination game in the PBA Finals.

More than that, however, the Filipino-American said all of Ateneo was definitely driven by the desire to return to the win column. As he put it, “Today was also about winning for coach Tab (Baldwin) and the team because we lost two in a row. We wanted to get back to our winning ways.”

That rings even truer for Black himself after he witnessed the Eagles suffer back-to-back setbacks without him. “It was very frustrating. I’ve never seen myself so intense on the bench because it was very frustrating not being able to do anything,” he expressed.

Now he’s back, the younger Black said he wants nothing more than to regain the strong start that was derailed by his left foot injury. “I feel good, but I need to get back more into playing shape because I don’t think I’m there yet. My foot feels fine and there’s no more pain,” he said

He then continued, “With a few more practices, I should get there.”

Don’kt be looking for him later at the Araneta Coliseum, however. “I will be watching on TV and cheering for sure,” he expressed.


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