Something about facing FEU gets Aljun Melecio going
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2017 08:27 PM
GREENER. From Juniors to Seniors, Aljun Melecio is proving to be a thorn on the side of FEU.
De La Salle University versus Far Eastern University was billed as a heavyweight bout.
The two teams, just weeks off getting too friendly with each other in a preseason pocket tournament, were supposed to go at it.
Only, Aljun Melecio had other plans.
Waxing hot right from the start, the second-year stud poured in 20 points in the first half alone to push the Green Archers onto a lead of as much as 21 points, 37-16, in the second quarter.
From there, the defending champions then had all the answers for each and every challenge by the Tamaraws en route to a 95-90 decision.
Through it all, Melecio did things like this:
And at the end of it all, he had a UAAP Seniors career-high 29 point on top of six rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
It wasn’t the first time the scoring dynamo performed well against FEU.
In his rookie season, he averaged 13 points up against the green and gold even with the likes of wily veterans Ron Dennison and Axel Inigo hounding him.
And 29 points may be his career-high in the UAAP Seniors, but he once scored 41 points in the UAAP Juniors.
The team he did it to? Why, the Baby Tamaraws, of course.
Asked why he always plays inspired versus FEU, Melecio answered, “’Di ko nga alam e.”
More than the eye-popping scoring numbers, however, the pint-sized guard said he wants to make more plays for his teammates. “Lagi akong nire-remind ng coaches na every time tumama ako sa labas, dapat kong i-try naman next na mag-drive then create for my teammates,” he said.
Indeed, better decision-making is what head coach Aldin Ayo wants from his prized ward. “I told the guys that we are still a young team. Pagdating sa crunch time, may mga questionable decision-making like Aljun,” he shared.
He then continued, “But I know he’ll learn from this.”
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