UAAP: Yet again, Ateneo shows off its enviable depth with Tyler Tio
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 14, 2018 08:16 PM
Tyler Tio gave his all to fill up the void left behind by Matt Nieto
Matt Nieto sat out for Ateneo de Manila University due to a fever up against the University of the Philippines on Sunday.
For any other team, losing its lead guard would have been a big blow.
The Blue Eagles, however, only soldiered on. “Luckily for us, guys stepped up just like Tyler [Tio]. Ang laking tulong niya lalo nang nawala si Matt,” Thirdy Ravena told reporters post-game.
Indeed, starting in place of Nieto, Tio turned in his best performance of the season with 12 points and five assists – almost matching his season totals of 13 points and five assists before the game.
For the second-year stud, he was only staying true to Ateneo’s identity. “We have a philosophy in the team na ‘next man up’ so when Matt went down, obviously, we were hurt because he’s one of our better players, one of our leaders,” he said.
He then continued, “So the captains and the coaches talked to us point guards and told us we really need to step up.”
Tio did just that, holding down the for the Blue Eagles and helping them get back on track.
Still staying true to their identity, though, he also deflected the credit to his fellow guards in SJ Belangel, Jolo Mendoza, and Adrian Wong. As he put it, “I give props also to Jolo, SJ, and Adrian. It wasn’t just me who stepped up so we just wanted to fill the void left by Matt.”
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