UAAP: Clutch knows clutch as Cabagnot gives props to Desiderio

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 30, 2018 02:32 PM
Clutch knows clutch as Cabagnot gives props to Desiderio
If there's somebody on the UP coaching staff who knows a thing or two about being clutch - it's Alex Cabagnot

Without a doubt, Paul Desiderio is the most clutch player in all of the University of the Philippines.

It shouldn’t be forgotten, however, that not far from him, there’s somebody who could very well out-clutch him.

Only, that somebody is not a teammate.

Rather, it’s Fighting Maroons assistant coach Alex Cabagnot – currently the point guard for San Miguel Beer who has been called “The Crunchman” for all his heroics throughout a 13-year playing career.

That is exactly why, when State U needed a shot to make history, Cabagnot knew whose hands the ball should be in. “He hit a couple of huge shots. Actually, even before that shot, I wanted him to shoot it and we just looked at each other,” he shared, talking about Desiderio.

He then continued, “He knew that I wanted him to take that. I’m blessed that he made it.”

That shot the Beerman was referring to? Why, it’s just the biggest shot that has gone in for Diliman in the last 32 years.

And, apparently, the shot was what it looked like – a shot made possible by UP’s team captain and UP’s team captain alone. “Walang play yun. Nasa kanya lang talaga yun. Gusto niya lang talagang akuin,” head coach Bo Perasol said, confirming that he did not call any play with his team all even with Adamson University in their knockout bout last Wednesday.

He then continued, “Makapal lang talaga mukha nito. Nakita mo naman na ang dami niyang mintis before that, pero alam niya na for the win, aakuin niya talaga.”

Indeed, Desiderio was 2-of-18 from the field before hitting a triple and then that midrange jumper over the outstretched arms of Sean Manganti which proved to be the game-winner.

That never-give-up mentality is just the proof that he has that clutch gene. “He’s very happy-go-lucky, but when it’s crunch time, he’s assertive. That’s the only thing I could as for,” Cabagnot said.

He then continued, “Hindi niya tinataguan yung bola and we don’t have to tell him to shoot or to make a stop. He just knows it.”

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