UAAP: After grueling game, Melecio still doing shooting tonight

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2018 07:51 PM
UAAP: After grueling game, Melecio doing shooting tonight
The night is far from over for Aljun Melecio

Aljun Melecio was going all-out for De La Salle University as they found themselves chasing down archrival Ateneo de Manila University all game long on Saturday.

With all the energy he spent trying to go through the likes of Matt Nieto, Anton Asistio, and Gian Mamuyac in the perimeter and then meeting the likes of Angelo Kouame, Isaac Go, and Raffy Verano in the paint, Melecio looked like he was just running on fumes come the final frame.

Indeed, that was just the case as after getting fouled in a fast break sequence with under six minutes to go, the third-year guard had to take a moment to compose himself.

Asked about that moment, he answered through chuckles, “Siguro, nagpahinga lang talaga ako saglit kasi nakakapagod din tumakbo nang pabalik-balik.”

Melecio made it a point to say, however, that seeing him exert every ounce of energy is already a given. As he put it, “Ganun naman talaga ako. Binibigay ko lahi yung best ko every game.”

However, his best – and in all, the Green Archers’ best – wasn’t enough as the Blue Eagles dominated the majority of the matchup. “Maganda yung defense nila. ‘Di ko pa napanood yung tape, pero kanina sa laro, yung rotation nila, yung communication nila, maganda,” he said.

Indeed, the former Rookie of the Year was the lone player in double-digits for his team with 21 points.

He, however, shot 5 of 18 from the field and 9 of 11 from the line.

That is exactly why, for Melecio, the night is far from over. “Diretso kami sa Razon, magsu-shooting kami ng dad ko. Nandito siya e, pumunta siya from Bukidnon,” he shared, referring to the school’s gym in Taft Avenue.

He then continued, “Bumisita siya, pero tonight, trabaho muna kami.”

With that, the La Salle playmaker is already proving his determination to bounce back from their sorry loss to their archrivals. “Siyempre, lumaki ako sa probinsya kaya lahat ng sacrifices ko, gusto ko mag-pay off. Eto na e, binigyan na ako ng chance na ganito kaya ayokong ganun-ganun lang matatalo,” he said.

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