UAAP: Aljun Melecio doesn't want to fall in love with threes
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2018 09:05 PM
The UAAP better watch out if Aljun Melecio keeps shooting like this (FILE PHOTO)
Aljun Melecio’s long-range missiles finally hit the mark on Sunday.
De La Salle University’s third-year lead guard scored 16 points on efficient 5-of-9 shooting, teaming up with Justine Baltazar to tow their team past University of the East.
At the half, he already had 12 points, all coming from threes where he went 4-of-6, to lead the Green Archers in their strong start.
That was already a vast improvement from Melecio’s first two games where he went 2-of-16 from deep.
In the end, he added one more make from deep, hiking his season mark from long range to a more palatable 30 percent.
While the former Rookie of the Year welcomed the development, he also admitted it to be a double-edged sword. “Actually, may positive and negative. Positive, kasi pumapasok yung shots ko tapos negative kasi sabi ni coach if pumapasok na yun, minsan nagre-rely na lang ako sa three-points,” he shared.
He then continued, “Mali yun kasi sabi nga ni coach, marami pang opportunity na pwedeng i-drive sa basket. Mas nanggigigil ako if pumapasok yung three-points ko eh.”
Indeed, Melecio could do much more than the one assist he had in all of 27 minutes on the floor.
Still, that his deep shots are falling is nothing but a good sign both for him and the faithful over at Taft Avenue.
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