Double-double machine Josh Lazaro will keep chugging along for Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 14, 2020 06:10 PM
Double-double machine Lazaro will keep chugging for Ateneo
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)

Forthsky Padrigao and Lebron Lopez get most, if not all, the headlines and highlights in Ateneo de Manila High School.

Josh Lazaro, meanwhile, has been doing damage in his own way.

And still, it was the talented transferee who wound up as runner-up to Season MVP Jake Figueroa.

Much more than individual glory, though, he will do anything and everything as long as it is for the good of the Blue Eaglets. "Ako po, laro lang talaga and pag napansin, bonus na yun. What I focus on are the things within me," he shared.

He then continued, "My main priority is to play well and win kaya with or without recognition sa akin, I just try to give my all."

With their campaign coming to a close, Lazaro is nothing but satisfied by the strong showing he had for himself as a first-year player in the UAAP. "Overall, happy po ako with what me and my teammates have become kasi our goal naman is not only the championship, but also to become better people," he said.

At the same time, however, the 6-foot-4 forward knows full well he has much room for improvement. As he put it, "I think, next season, my leadership will be much more needed than this year. It's something I need improve and get used to doing."

And even though Ateneo fell short of the Finals for the first time in four years, Lazaro has no regrets about his transfer. "Personally, I don't have any regrets. Change is inevitable and I believe what's done is done so instead of dwelling on what ifs, I make sure to make the most out of what's in from of me," he said.

This, despite the fact that his former team, San Beda High School, ruled the last season of NCAA Juniors Basketball. "For me, I'm happy lang din for San Beda and my former teammates and coaches," he said.

All in all, Lazaro can rest assured that his first year in blue and white was a positive - and he will only trend upward from here. "I think, my first year was good in terms of adjusting to the school and then performing well academically together with playing well sa UAAP. I've already learned a lot here and sana, tuloy-tuloy lang," he said.

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