UAAP 82: Mamuyac lives up to Ateneo's 'next man up' philosophy

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 08, 2019 08:50 PM
UAAP 82: Mamu lives up to Ateneo's 'next man up' philosophy
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Nieto twins Mike and Matt fueled Ateneo de Manila University's drive right through archrival De La Salle University, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.

When the Green Archers were making their last stand, however, it was a surprising somebody who shooed them away once and for all.

With the Blue Eagles' lead down to eight late, Gian Mamuyac came up big, scoring six of his 14 points in the last three minutes to seal the deal for them.

This, even though the long-limbed swingman has long made his name as a defensive stopper.

For the two-time champions, however, none of what he did was shocking. "He's really like that even sa practice," Matt Nieto said of his longtime teammate.

He then continued, "Of course, our motto nga rin - 'next man up.' Adrian Wong is injured nga so he has to step up."

Indeed, Mamuyac stepped into the starting spot vacated by Wong who suffered a knee injury in the season-opener.

Not only that, the third-year player made the most of all his opportunities - and in doing so, proved yet again that, in Ateneo, there is always, indeed, a "next man up."

For his part, Mamuyac said that all he actually did was stay within the system that has produced back-to-back championships for the blue and white. "Maganda lang siguro gising," he said with a laugh.

Turning serious, though, he also added, "Yung shots na tinake ko, within the system, open shots naman. Good thing lang talaga na I was able to make them."

Without a doubt, it was a good thing that the 20-year-old was able to make those as he was also battling back a cough and a cold.

Whatever it is, Mamuyac is only hopeful that he can build on this. "Sana, makuha ko ulit yung confidence na ganito sa following games para mas mapadali yung jobs ng ibang players namin," he said.

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