Lebron Nieto had a forgettable UAAP Season 85 debut last Sunday.
The Ateneo skipper only had eight points on 2-of-12 shooting in Ateneo High School’s 85-50 defeat at the hands of Far Eastern University-Diliman.
“Next game mentality po.
“Coming from a bad game, kailangan lang po namin mag-regroup and see kung anong mali namin last game,” said the 6-foot second generation Atenean.
“We also reminded ourselves to just enjoy the moment lalo kaming mga Grade 12 students. Last year na namin ito so we have to make the most out of it. Personally, I have been preparing for this since nung start ng pandemic, it’s a big boost for me and lalo na sa team,” he continued.
It also helped that his brothers Matt and Mike and dad Jet talked to him after the game.
“Sabi sa akin ni Kuya Matt is to be tough and paano mas maging effective sa pagbaba ng bola,” he shared. “Tapos sabi rin niya is to just enjoy the game.
“Last year ko na sa juniors eh so sabi lang sa akin was not to be too tight and to always enjoy every moment sa game and practices.”
On Wednesday, Nieto bounced back big.
The Gilas Youth standout delivered a season-high 36 points on 12-of-27 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul stripe with 11 rebounds, four steals, and three assists.
More importantly, it gave the Blue Eagles their first win of the season by way of a 109-64 decision against UPIS.
His big performance came a day before Matt will wed Bianca Matanguihan.
And Lebron, who is called Josh at home, hopes that Matt accepts his performance as his wedding gift.
“Wedding gift?” quipped Lebron, who is one of Matt’s groomsmen. “I got to ask him that po.”
“Job’s not yet finished, we’re gonna focus next on our next game which is on Sunday.”