Tiger Cubs continued contending in UAAP 82 on the back of Bismarck Lina
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 08, 2020 07:14 PM
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Bismarck Lina, put simply, dominated in his last seven games for University of Sto. Tomas High School.
There, the 6-foot-4 forward posted per game counts of 19.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists as the Tiger Cubs stayed alive for the playoffs until the very last game day of elimination.
Here are Lina’s last seven games in #UAAPSeason82 (points-rebounds-assists):— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) February 5, 2020
His averages in the second round? 1??9??.3?? points, 1??2??.4?? rebounds. 2??.6?? assists. ????
Yes, that's definitely a double-double average for the second round - and not only that, he posted a double-double in each and every game.
Ultimately, unfortunately, it was all for naught as he and the black and gold fell just one win shy of the playoffs.
Of course, Lina would have wanted his last year in high school to have had a different ending - especially as there was a chance, however slim as it may have been, that his very presence could have spelled the difference in their first four games. "Sayang 'di ako nakalaro nung simula kasi kailangan kong i-therapy yung tuhod ko," he said, talking about his bothersome right knee that sidelined him in the earlygoing.
He then continued, "'Di ko natulungan agad yung team ko. Bilang captain, iba rin sana yung may leader sila sa loob nun."
Once he finally got the green light for a return, however, the 18-year-old wasted no time making his presence felt.
That was especially true in Round 2 where, on his back, UST went 4-3 - with all of its losses coming at the hands of the league' last three champions. "Kinailangan ko lang bumawi sa team. Ginusto ko lang makatulong sa team," he said.
He then continued, "Na-short lang kami, pero alam ko sa sarili kong binigay ko yung best ko."
With that, whatever step he takes next, Lina has full faith he can make something happen. "Sobra-sobrang nagbigay po ng kumpyansa sa akin itong season na 'to," he said.
That doesn't man, though, that the cousin of Kevin Ferrer is about to rest on his laurels. "Ngayon po, kailangan kong i-work yung perimeter game ko kasi sa college, mahihirapan na ako kasi mas malalaki at mas malalakas na sa akin yung mga nandun," he shared.
Whether or not he keeps at it in Espana remains to be seen, but without a doubt, in his three-year stint there, he has already made the school and the community proud.
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