UAAP Finals: Nonoy tried to be whatever UST needed in Game 1

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 16, 2019 08:00 PM
UAAP Finals: Nonoy tried to be whatever UST needed in Game 1
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Mark Nonoy was the lone bright spot as University of Sto. Tomas got dominated by Ateneo de Manila University in Game 1 of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Finals.

With everybody from Soulemane Chabi Yo and Renzo Subido and Rhenz Abando and CJ Cansino slowed down, the Rookie of the Year scored a career-best 26 points built on seven triples off the bench.

In the end, he was just giving whatever the Growling Tigers needed from him. "Ginawa ko lang lahat kasi nahirapan yung first group namin so kailangan naming mag-step up," he said.

Of course, scoring isn't exactly Nonoy's role for the black and gold as, time and again, head coach Aldin Ayo said that he wants his point guard to be, well, a point guard.

With almost everybody struggling, however, coach Aldin said he had no problems whatsoever with their super rookie looking for his own shot. "Nung una kasi, he was looking to dish the ball eh walang maka-shoot tapos nalilibre rin siya so siya na lang," he said.

He then continued, "Pero alam naman ng bata na ang role niya talaga is to set the plays and make his teammates better."

With Game 1 over and done with, Nonoy vowed that UST will go all-out to bounce back in Game 2 on Wednesday at MOA Arena. "Siyempre, masakit kasi eto na yung goal namin, pero na-short kami. Babawi kami sa Game 2," he said.


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