Matt Nieto has another ‘Doug Kramer moment’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 22, 2017 08:51 PM
Matt Nieto has another ‘Doug Kramer moment’
GOT THIS. Matt Nieto has been getting more and more shots to add to his clutch credentials.

Matt Nieto had long wanted to have a “Doug Kramer moment.”

You know, a play that would win the game for Ateneo de Manila University.

As an eight-year-old, Nieto witnessed just that when Kramer got his game-winner to go for the Blue Eagles up against University of Sto. Tomas in the Finals of UAAP Season 69.

The now 19-year-old finally got his “Doug Kramer moment” a month ago as his couple of charities proved to be the difference for his team up against archrival De La Salle University.

And in a bigger game, a do-or-die match-up in the Final Four against resurgent Far Eastern University on Wednesday, he had another “Doug Kramer moment.”

Chasing down a one-point deficit inside the last three minutes of overtime, Nieto’s midrange and deep-range jumpers followed up Chibueze Ikeh’s split from the stripe and put the Katipunan-based squad on top, 85-80.

Not long after, they upended the fighting Tamaraws in a classic contest to make their way back into the Finals.

For the third-year point guard, it was all about coming through for his coaches and teammates whose trust in him never ever wavered. “Well, credit to the coaching staff and my teammates cause they trust me to make those shots in those moments. I just don’t want to disappoint them,” he said post-game.

He then continued, “They know that I have the capability to do it so bago ako nagtiwala sa sarili ko, naging confident ako kasi yung trust, galing din sa coaches and teamamtes ko.”

Nieto then singled out coach Sandy Arespacochaga who remained in his ear the whole game. “I really want to thank coach Sandy for giving me confidence. He keeps on saying, ‘Kaya mo yan. Ikaw pa, kaya mo yan, may tiwala ako sayo,’” he shared.

He then continued, “So really, yung confidence ko, lalong tumaas dahil kay coach Sandy.”

Not that long ago, Matt Nieto wished he would get the chance to win a game for Ateneo.

Now, he has two of those under his belt.

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