UAAP Season 82: I took the shot kasi di lumapit si Bright -- Subido on game-winner
Mark Escarlote on Nov 13, 2019 08:36 PM
Renzo Subido capitalized on University of the Philippines' Bright Akhuetie's defensive lapse to propel University of Sto. Tomas into the Finals. (Arvin Lim)
University of the Philippines' Bright Akhuetie should’ve known better not to give Renzo Subido a good look at the basket.
He learned his lesson in the most inopportune time.
Subido buried the dagger deep into the hearts of the Fighting Maroons with Akhuetie just looking at the University of Sto. Tomas guard as he converted his biggest basket yet in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament as the Tigers marched to the Finals, 68-65, in the do-or-die stepladder semis on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
UST, which took the series opener Sunday over the twice-to-beat advantage-armed Diliman-bassed squad, will take on grand slam-seeking Ateneo de Manila University in the best-of-three Finals starting Saturday.
Down, 63-65, with possession back to UST after forcing UP to commit a 24-second shot clock violation, Subido received the inbound from the left wing.
Akhuetie chased Subido, who had to fake, before dribbling away from his 6-foot-7 defender. The 5-foot-8 guard measured Akhuetie, who gave up a few inches of space from Subido.
A big mistake.
The graduating Tiger fired a 27-footer that went swish. UST up, 66-65, with 23.6 ticks left.
“Wala eh it’s just part of the game. I took the shot kasi di lumapit si Bright,” said Subido, who scored 14 points on 5-of-10 field goal shooting including four from rainbow territory. “I’ve been practicing those every day and I was confident.”
It was the go-ahead basket that turned the tables around for UST, which started the game hot building an 18-6 lead to end the opening quarter before allowing the Fighting Maroons to come back and even take a four-point lead, 65-61, with 1:53 left off a Kobe Paras two-handed slam.
Subido, who suffered an ACL injury during the Tigers’ last Finals appearance in Season 78 against eventual champion Far Eastern University and skipped Season 80 during UST’s one-win campaign, took matters in his own hands.
“Hindi ko naman hinahanap yung clutch baskets. Dumadating na lang talaga sa akin. Since dumadating sa akin I’m just confident enough to take those shots,” he said. “I was just sticking to the game plan na binibigay sa amin ni Coach Aldin (Ayo). Tiwala lang talaga kay coach.”
Season Most Valuable Player Soulemane Chabi Yo iced the game with two from the stripes with 4.4 seconds remaining.
But this game will be remembered as Subido’s heroic moment.
And possibly Akhuetie’s biggest gamble.
“Ako I always expect that we’re gonna win. Lagi naman kaming nagpi-prepare to win eh,” said Subido. “Nagkaroon lang talaga ng breaks of the ball game tulad ng sabi ni Coach Aldin, hindi ako nilapitan ni Bright when I took the shot.”
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