ARONG PLACE, ARONG TIME: Monbert back in form for FEU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2016 08:46 PM
ARONG PLACE, ARONG TIME: Monbert back in form for FEU
THERE YOU ARE. Monbert Arong's re-emergence was a much welcome development for FEU.

The last time Monbert Arong had a good game for Far Eastern University was November 9.

Then, the graduating guard had 15 points which came in a losing effort to Ateneo de Manila University.

Since then, he has failed to score in double-digits.

And so, when Arong and Raymar Jose came together and came alive in the final frame against the very same Blue Eagles, it was a much welcome development for the Tamaraws. “I remember during the quarter break, I was telling the players not to break down. Buti na lang they accepted the challenge,” coach Nash Racela said.

He then continued, singling out his once struggling swingman, “And Monbert finally played well. Sana magtuloy-tuloy.”

Racela, however, as modest as always, said he had nothing to do with his Cebuano’s return to form. “The way we treat our players, we give them a lot of trust and responsibility. Even when they struggle, we just let them think it over, pag-aralan ang sarili nila,” he shared.

He then continued, “So it wasn’t me. It was really Monbert finding his game back.”

For his part, Arong said he indeed just followed the instructions of his mentors. “Siguro, mentally focused lang ako tsaka sinusunod ko lang talaga yung pinapagawa ni coach sa akin,” he said following his 13 point, all coming in the second half, outing against Ateneo.

In the end, the 23-year-old deflected all credit to those who kept believing in him despite his struggles. “Naisip ko lang na ialay yung game para sa family ko kasi hindi nila ako iniiwan. Credit din to Sto. Nino de Cebu kasi alam kong may plano siya para sa akin,” he shared.

He then continued, “Kaya every time nakaka-shoot ako, sinasabi ko talaga na to God be the glory.”

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