Mendoza starting to show off sweet shooting stroke for Eagles

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2016 05:26 PM
Mendoza starting to show off shooting stroke for Eagles
INTRODUCE YOURSELF. Jolo Mendoza is slowly but surely showcasing his sure shooting in the UAAP Seniors.

Back in his third year in Ateneo de Manila High School, Jolo Mendoza almost single-handedly won the title-clinching game in the UAAP 77 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Raining down 19 points in the second quarter alone and winding up with 30 points, the diminutive deadeye shot the Blue Eaglets to the championship and himself to the Finals MVP.

Mendoza’s hot streak turned cold, however, as his last year in the Juniors got marred by injuries. His first round in the Seniors also didn’t bring eye-popping numbers as he only averaged 4.8 points in 54 percent shooting from long-distance in 7.5 minutes.

The tides may be turning for the now 18-year-old, however, after a 15-point outing – all coming in the first half – in Ateneo’s romp of University of the East on Wednesday. He only needed 14 minutes to get them and also made good on three of his five attempts from deep.

“Coming off two straight losses, we really needed this game. It’s really a good confidence-booster for us coming into the next game,” Mendoza expressed.

For assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, however, it was inevitable that their prized prospect was to regain his shooting stroke. As he put it, “All of our players, they work hard. For example, Jolo is not a player who gets a lot of minutes, but he was ready to play and gave us a big boost.”

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