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Jaycee Marcelino showcases ball-handling skills against Saint Benilde



Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Jaycee Marcelino showcases ball-handling skills against Saint Benilde Basketball LPU NCAA News  NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball NCAA Season 93 Lyceum Seniors Basketball Jaycee Marcelino Eric Pili

The guy who confessed he is afraid of dribbling drills is the same guy who damaged his defender’s ankle after a highlight crossover, Friday afternoon.

With the Lyceum of the Philippines University up 52-40 against College of Saint Benilde in the third quarter, Jaycee Marcelino did not hesitate to hit Blazers guard Eric Pili with a quick crossover. Pili lost his balance in the process, resulting in a wide-open lane for the shifty guard.

When asked about the play after Lyceum’s 83-69 win, the Olongapo-native confessed that he was surprised with what happened.

“Pagdating ko sa Maynila, pag may drills na dribble, kinakabahan na ako kasi di ako marunong! Kaya nage-extra work ako, dribble ng dribble,” shared Marcelino, who is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season.

“Sa mga drills, di talaga ako marunong pero pagdating sa laro di ko alam bakit marunong na ako.”

Aside from his speed, one would also notice the high flying 5-foot-9 out-jumping his much-taller defenders, and the Lyceum rookie credits his homecourt in the north.

“Sa amin kasi sa Olongapo, tatluhan tapos full court pero maliit lang siya. Pagka-shoot mo, takbo kagad, talon agad, talon ka ng talon sa ganoong court kaya dun siguro lumakas kami [ni Jayvee] sa talon,” Marcelino said.

Looking back on his ankle-breaker maneuver, Marcelino offered his apologies to the Saint Benilde sophomore.

“Di ko naman sinasadya, sorry, di ko alam.”

Video courtesy of ABS-CBN Sports Twitter account

By: Danine Cruz