UAAP: Finally, we’re starting to see how good Sotto-Padrigao can be for Ateneo
Danine Cruz on Jan 20, 2019 07:41 PM
Forthsky Padrigao is proving to be a game changer.
After posting 19 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals, Forthsky Padrigao of the Ateneo de Manila High School proved that he is getting back to his groove since enduring appendicitis during the first round of the UAAP Season 81.
Due to the surgery he had to undergo, Padrigao missed six out of their seven games in the first round. As soon as the doctors gave him the go signal, the Atenean point guard returned to the hard court at the beginning of the second round.
Into his fourth game in the UAAP as an official Blue Eaglet, Padrigao played his career-best offensively versus the Far Eastern University.
During the first round, with the Eaglets playing without the recovering Padrigao, the Baby Tams dealt them a loss. In the second round, with the crafty point guard healthy on their side, Ateneo ran away with a 77-61 revenge victory.
"Talagang motivated lang ako kasi malaking bagay itong panalo namin dito kasi tinalo nila kami sa first round. Pinaglalabanan kasi namin dito yung twice-to-beat so gusto namin makuha yun, motivated talaga ako para manalo," said the athlete from Zamboanga.
Ateneo and FEU are currently tied in the second spot of the team standings with identical 7-3 records.
Padrigao also expressed how relieved he is that after being sidelined for more than a month, he can now directly contribute on the court.
"Nung nasa sidelines kasi ako, may mga nakikita ako na di nila nakikita so sinasabi ko lang sa kanila yun. Ngayon nakakalaro na ako, pag nasa bench naman ako nakikita ko naman yung possible adjustments. Advantage siya sa akin kasi nasasabi ko sya sa buong team then nagagawa naman namin," said the Batang Gilas point guard.
With this, Padrigao thinks that the Eaglets’ goal of back-to-back titles is starting to become realistic -- something that he and close teammate both in Ateneo and Gilas Kai Sotto have been talking about for such a long time already.
"Last year pa namin pinaguusapan to since SEABA. Ito yung pinakahihintay namin na mag-teammate kaming dalawa, siguro gagawin na lang namin yung best namin para ma defend namin yung title namin," he said.
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