UAAP 82: Melecio says La Salle ready to move on from Suerte heartbreak
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 16, 2019 12:48 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
After Rey Suerte put University of the East on top of De La Salle University, 85-83, last Saturday, Aljun Melecio took charge.
The pint-sized playmaker called for a screen from Justine Baltazar, but opted not to use it
And when 6-foot-8 Senegalese bruiser Alex Diakhite hesitated about closing out, Melecio rose and launched a triple try that would find the bottom of the net. "Coach Jermaine Byrd gave me the trust to take that shot and buo rin tiwala ko sa sarili kong papasok yun. Pina-practice ko talaga yun pag ako lang mag-isa sa court," he said of his big-time basket.
Afterward, the fourth-year guard did not celebrate all that much, only letting out a scream as 10.8 seconds were still on the clock.
And with that time, Suerte had his own big-time basket, a cold-blooded triple that ultimately won the game for the Red Warriors and lost the game for the Green Archers.
While that dagger hurt, it didn't surprise Melecio at all. As he put it, "'Di na ako nagulat na pumasok yung shot niya. The whole game, kita mo yung kumpyansa niya e."
He then continued, "Good defense, but better shot."
Indeed, all the former Rookie of the Year and his teammates could do is to let go. "There's nothing we can do about it. Tapos na yung game and yung lesson na natutunan namin dito, we can just use it for our next games," he said.
And what lesson is that? "We just have to want it more," Melecio said.
La Salle is out to prove it has learned its lesson when it goes for a bounce back win against Far Eastern University on Wednesday.
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