UAAP 82: Concepcion far from satisfied even after breakout game for UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2019 07:35 PM
Concepcion far from satisfied even after breakout for UST
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

ANTIPOLO - University of Sto. Tomas returned to the win column of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, Sunday at Ynares Center here.

And turning the tide for the Growling Tigers was rookie Sherwin Concepcion who exploded for his entire 12-point output by hitting four triples in a row to punctuate a 19-6 surge that put UST ahead for good.

Of course, the 6-foot-2 sweet-shooting forward is nothing but glad to have helped the Espana-based squad get back to its winning ways. "Ayun, masaya kasi first time nakatulong sa team. Yun naman laging pinagdadasal ko e - na makatulong ako sa team at yung tiwala sa akin ni coach Aldin [Ayo], 'di mawala," he shared.

Indeed, coach Aldin's trust in Concepcion never wavered despite the fact that it has been two years since the latter had played in the big leagues. "I know my players at alam ko ang capabilities nila, yung kaya nilang gawin. That's why I've been telling him if you miss two or three (shots), as long as they're good shots, keep on taking those shots," he said.

The now-22-year-old came from Mapua High School which he helped win its first championship back in 2017.

At first, he committed to continue playing for the school's Srs. squad before academic issues derailed his plans.

Concepcion focused the next year on fixing up his high school graduation before re-emerging with UST in 2018.

Fast forward one year and he is now averaging 7.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in his long-awaited debut season in the collegiate ranks.

Even after his big game for the Growling Tigers, though, the Tarlac native is well aware he has much room for improvement. "Yun nga, laging sinasabi ng coaching staff sa akin, yung defense yung talagang pinakakulang ko. Kaya yun yung tatrabahuin ko lalo," he said as he was unable to haul in any rebound in 11 minutes of play.

Still, the fact of the matter is Concepcion is living his dream and will give his all for that to continue. As he put it, "Dati kasi, nung nasa high school ako sa Mapua, dream kong makapaglaro ng UAAP pag-college ko kaya ginawa ko yung best ko para makapaglaro rito. Ngayon, gagawin ko pa lalo yung best ko para tuloy-tuloy pa."

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