Aside from shooting, all of SJ's skills came from papa Sammy

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 21, 2020 01:14 PM
Aside from shooting, all of SJ's skills came from papa Sammy
Since Day 1, SJ Belangel has had his biggest backer in papa Sammy

SJ Belangel has got next in Ateneo de Manila University's long line of great guards.

Heading into his third year, the 5-foot-11 playmaker is ready and raring to take on a bigger burden as the Blue Eagles lead guard.

Thus far, Belangel has proven to have both the confidence and capability to be at the wheel of the blue and white's well-oiled machine.

Putting up per game counts of 6.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes last year, the faithful in Katipunan have full faith their three-time defending champions remain in good hands even after the graduation of Matt Nieto.

However, Belangel wouldn't even be in this position if he were not prepped and primed by his papa. "Lahat ng nagagawa ko, dahil din sa turo ni papa. 'DI ko talaga kinalumutan so nadala ko lang dito," he said.

Sammy Belangel once starred for University of St. La Salle in Bacolod.

And son SJ is nothing but grateful to have gotten the best from his papa. "Yung skills ko, nakuha ko sa kanya. 'Di siya nagsawa sa pagturo sa akin," he said.

He then continued, through chuckles, "Kahit yung mga gulang-gulang, naturo rin niya. Siyempre, kailangan din yun e."

At the same time, though, the 20-year-old also became better thanks to his, in essence, second father. "Yung shooting, siguro kay coach Tab galing," he shared.

He then continued, with a laugh, "Si papa kasi, walang shooting e."

If so, the rest of the league better beware for what Belangel has in store for the coming season, already having made good 42 percent of his three-point tries a year ago.

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