UAAP: La Salle's Mark Dyke silences taunting Tigers with career game

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2018 06:12 PM
UAAP: La Salle's Mark Dyke silences Tigers with career game
Mark Dyke finally had the breakout game he had long been waiting for

ANTIPOLO – De La Salle University dominated University of Sto. Tomas from start to finish on Sunday at the Ynares Center here.

Aljun Melecio was the catalyst, but all of the Green Archers were on-point as they faced with former head coach Aldin Ayo.

In particular, third-year forward Mark Dyke turned in his best game in his collegiate career with 16 points and six rebounds.

Of course, he was inspired going up against his former mentor, but as it turns out, another thing fired him up even more. “Nanggaling lang naman yung energy ko sa kalaban e. Tina-trash talk nila ako tapos yun ang pinakaayaw kong nangyayari sa akin,” he shared.

He then continued, “First quarter pa lang, pinipisikal na nila ako kaya ayun kaya naging aggressive na ako lalo.”

According to Dyke, the Growling Tigers were saying so many sweet nothings in his hear while bodying him up way too much.

Fortunately for him, he knows a thing or two about dealing with that. “Since high school naman nae-experience ko na yun so alam ko na yung gagawin. Mindset ko lang talaga na pag ganun ang ginagawa sa akin, ipapakita ko lang sa game na mas aggressive ako,” he said.

Before moving to Taft Avenue, Dyke was an inside presence for Nazareth School of National University. There, he won one championship under the guidance of head coach Jeff Napa who discovered him in Pampanga and then developed him in Sampaloc.

Now, apparently, he has found the same sort of fatherly figure in La Salle’s first-year head coach Louie Gonzalez. “Mas masaya po ako kasi (last year), nawala confidence ko na baka ‘di na ako maglaro ng basketball. Ayun, si coach Louie, tinawagan ako at binigyan niya ako ng opportunity,” he said.

He then continued, “Ayun, tinry ko ulit. Buti, magandang outcome.”

Indeed, all Dyke wants to do now is to grab the golden opportunity in front of him. “Si coach Louie, nagbigay ng buhat sa akin maglaro ulit ng basketball. Lagi niyang sinasabing kahit anong mangyari, wag titigil dahil bata pa ako,” he said.

He then continued, “Sinasabi niya na marami pa akong pwedeng matutunan at kung may chance ako, kunin ko lang.”

With a career game, he may very well be on his way to doing just that.

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