UAAP: La Salle's Aljun Melecio still learning to control his 'gigil'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 13, 2018 08:00 PM
UAAP: Aljun Melecio still learning to control his 'gigil'
Aljun Melecio is far from satisfied even after helping take down once league-leading Adamson

After giving his all in De La Salle University’s loss to Ateneo de Manila University, Aljun Melecio went straight to the gym to work on his shooting.

This, even though he had just played 28 minutes and scored 21 points.

And this, even though, at one point during the rivalry game, he looked like this:

For Melecio, however, what he did is what he had always done. “Ganoon akong klaseng player na if matalo, if may kulang akong ginawa, mag-extra work ako. Extra, extra, extra talaga pag feeling ko, may kulang akong ginawa,” he told reporters.

That extra work paid off in a big way in the Green Archers next game as the former Rookie of the Year fired a team-high 22 points, including the basket that forced overtime.

Even with another good game individually and with a much-needed win, however, he only wants much more. Asked if he feels he has already made up for whatever shortcoming he thought he had the last time around, he answered, “Hindi pa. Never satisfied ako.”

In particular, Melecio said he still needs to work on choosing to pick his spot. “Lagi akong gigil. Kaya nga kino-control ako nina coach Louie [Gonzalez] and coach Glenn [Capacio] kasi minsan, nawawala na yung decision-making ko,” he said.

That is exactly why, in the eyes of the pint-sized playmaker, he needs to keep listening to his mentors. “Tinuturuan nila ako palagi na time and score, time and score. Yun yung kailangan ko talagang trabahuin pa – alalahanin yung time and score,” he said.

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