UAAP: La Salle's Encho Serrano doesn't want to be 'the next Calvin Abueva'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2018 08:40 PM
UAAP: Serrano doesn't want to be 'the next Calvin Abueva'
Slowly but surely, Encho Serrano is re-introducing himself to the UAAP

Encho Serrano’s first two games in the UAAP Seniors were, put frankly, forgettable.

The one-time top high school player only had a total of four points in a total of 21.5 minutes as De La Salle University started the season with a loss and then a win.

Of course, Serrano acknowledged that he felt rookie jitters – especially after an almost two-year layoff from the UAAP. “Medyo pressured, pero kailangan ko talaga kasing bawiin yung matagal akong hindi naglaro,” he said.

He then continued, “Sobrang gigil nung una kaya naging ganun na nga siguro.”

The nerves finally settled for the first-year player on Sunday as he turned in his best game thus far with 11 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

Yes, he nearly tripled his scoring total in the Green Archers’ 82-72 triumph over University of the East.

Still, Serrano said he knows full well he could do much more. “Masaya, pero malayo pa. Wala pa masyadong kumpyansa, pero papunta na dun,” he said.

Indeed, the native of Apalit, Pampanga is confident that he is already on his way there – especially if he is to fulfill the story behind his jersey number.

Serrano once wore jersey number 27 in his time as star of Adamson High School, but had number 8 on his back in preseason leagues once he joined La Salle. “Dapat talaga, 8, kasi idol ko si Calvin [Abueva],” he said.

That would have made sense as, even in high school, he was already being compared to PBA superstar Calvin Abueva.

Come the UAAP Season 81, however, the Green Archer was now donning number 18. “Sabi kasi ng daddy ko, gamitin mo na lang 18, gumawa ka ng sarili mong pangalan. Yun na nga yung gusto kong gawin,” he said.

If he only builds on this breakout game, he may very well do just that.

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