UAAP 82: Silence means best game for La Salle's Encho Serrano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 28, 2019 06:14 PM
UAAP: Silence means best game for La Salle's Encho Serrano
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Encho Serrano made the loudest noise in his collegiate career, Saturday at MOA Arena.

The second-year swingman dropped a career-best 29 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists and delivered a much-needed win to De La Salle University.

And the origin of that loudest noise? Silence.

As it turns out, Serrano’s inspired play was all thanks to a reconfiguration of his mind. "'Di na ako nagsasalita talaga. Sa training nga, pinapagalitan na ako na, 'Sumigaw ka naman,'" he shared.

He then continued, "Kasi parang 'di na nila ako kilala. Sobrang tahimik ko ngayon na akala nila, may problema ako."

Apparently, the now 20-year-old is known to be the life of the party for the Taft-based team. As he put it, "Masyado akong makulit sa team namin. Lagi akong tumatawa sa training tapos kahit game na, lagi pa rin akong nakikipagharutan."

And so, Serrano made it a point to take anything and everything seriously. "Yun yung pagkakakilala nila sa akin so kinausap ko sarili kong kailangan kong mag-focus pa. Alam nila lahat kung anong kaya kong ibigay sa team kaya lahat ng detalye na gustong ibigay sa akin nina coach, kailangan alam ko rin lahat," he said.

In reconfiguring his mind, the 5-foot-11 energizer proved to his coaches his willingness to do more and be more. "Yung mga past games kasi namin, 'di ako ginagamit o 'di lumalabas yung laro ko. Inaamin ko na dahil dun, sobrnag frustrated ko at tinatanong ko bakit ganito nangyayari," he said.

He then continued, "Pero naisip ko rin na siguro, kailangan kong patunayan sarili ko. Thank you kay Lord na binigyan ako ng pagkakataong makabawi this game."

And after a breakout game, nobody can deny that Serrano's silence bore fruit.

This, after he had only posted per game counts of 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 15.5 minutes in the five games prior.

That is exactly why, moving forward, the Green Archers' emerging force is only looking forward to make sure he lets his game be the one to make noise. "Feeling ko, yun na nga yun," he said.

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