Game-changer Serrano shouldn’t be compared to Abueva, says Compton
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 12, 2017 07:23 PM
THE DIFFERENCE. Encho Serrano has continued to impress - including even a professional coach in Alaska's Alex Compton.
More than a few observers have compared Adamson High School’s Encho Serrano to PBA star Calvin Abueva.
And fair or not, it’s easy to see why there are such comparisons.
In his breakout rookie season for the Baby Falcons, Serrano averaged 18.7 points in 58.6 percent shooting, seven rebounds, and 1.5 assists through 12 games all while showcasing explosiveness, relentlessness, and fearlessness.
Explosive, relentless, fearless – all words also associated with Abueva.
Of course, Serrano himself was quick to admit that he indeed idolized his fellow Kapampangan. “Sobrang idol ko si Calvin kasi unang-una, kababayan ko siya. Tapos bilib na bilib ako sa tapang niya,” he expressed.
The 17-year-old was quicker to acknowledge, however, that he has much, much work to do to even come halfway close to his idol. As he put it, “Pero sa totoo, ‘di ko pa nakukuha yung tapang niya. Iba kasi talaga yung tapang niya e.”
He then continued, “Pero kahit hindi yung na yung tapang. Basta kung ano yung sa loob ng court na lahat ginagawa niya, makuha ko lang, masaya na ako.”
For his part, Aces mentor Alex Compton also admitted that there are striking similarities between his prized ward in Abueva and the high school standout in Serrano. “My impression is that he’s similar (to Calvin) in that he’s unique. He plays so hard and he can play a variety of positions,” he said.
He then continued, “He really alters the game when he’s in there because he’s athletic ability is just on another level.”
However, Compton also expressed that he is not one to believe in the so-called nexts of anyone. “I’m sure any player who’s compared to Calvin takes that as a compliment, but I’m not really fond of saying eto yung susunod. Just as Calvin is his own man, Serrano is his own man,” he said.
Nonetheless, the always amiable coach said he has been nothing but impressed with Serrano – with the little he has seen of him, at least. “He’s obviously a special athlete. I’ve really only watched him during tryouts and practice, but he’s just explosive,” he said.
He then continued, “He doesn’t play at a thousand miles an hour the whole time, but he’ll just explode when he needs to.”
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