Ex-Red Cub Estacio laser-focused on winning own title with FEU-Diliman
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 19, 2020 06:39 PM
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Penny Estacio has only been as good as advertised in his first season for Far Eastern University-Diliman.
A steady hand in the backcourt in his stint for San Beda High School, he has become a primetime playmaker now donning the green and gold.
Following a slow start to the season after transferring to Diliman, Estacio is now putting up per game counts of 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 steals to find himself well within the running for the Mythical Team - or even the MVP.
"To be honest, nung una, medyo nahirapan talaga ako," he shared. "Pero thanks sa coaches and teammates ko, unti-unting lumabas yung laro ko. Binibigay ko lang din kasi yung dapat kong ibigay sa FEU."
Without a doubt, the 5-foot-11 guard is, slowly but surely, proving himself worthy as the next in the long line of great guards FEU has produced.
If he had remained a Red Cub, however, he would have been enjoying a championship.
In the NCAA Jrs., the boys from Taytay reclaimed the crown they last wore in 2015 - even after losing the likes of Estacio as well as Ateneo de Manila High School transferee Josh Lazaro.
Still, Estacio has no regrets. As he put it, "For me, gusto ko lang mag-focus sa sarili ko. Bata pa kasi ako so mas maganda rin yung nandito na ako so I can make the most out of it."
Indeed, having helped the Baby Tams to the second-best record in the league, the 17-year-old is in prime position to challenge reigning and defending champion Nazareth School of National University. "Yun naman talaga yung goal ko rito sa FEU - na makatulong sa pagbibigay ng championship sa kanila," he said.
To do so, Estacio knows full well exactly what he has to do. "Since alam ko nang medyo magfo-focus sa akin yung defense, I want to share the ball and lessen din yung turnovers ko," he said.
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