Moments are made when players seize the limelight and make a lasting impact which rings after the game.
San Beda Red Lions rookie Amiel Soberano played the finest game of his NCAA Season 91 campaign, and it couldn’t have come at a much better time as he helped the defending champions outlast rival Letran, 77-73.
Soberano fired 11 points including 3-for-5 three-point field goals in only 14 minutes of play, providing a scoring punch at the guard spot for the Red Lions during the first half.
The Tarlac-native says he only repaid the trust of his team and coaches.
“May tiwala sa akin ang teammates ko kaya hindi ko sila binibigo sa binibigay nilang tiwala. Sabi ni coach shoot mo lang kapag nasa iyo yung bola,” Soberano said.
“Gusto talaga namin manalo as a team so pinaghandaan namin and lalo na sa defense, yung defense talaga ang una (naming focus).”
Ola Adeogun added of his teammate: “Si AC known for his offense pero for this game yung defense talaga niya (ang nagstand out).”
One of San Beda’s three-and-D wingman also disclosed that we almost went to the Letran Knights as he tried out for the team, “ayaw ko po talaga mag-laro sa Manila noon. Nag-tryout po ako sa Letran pero nag-tryout din po ako sa ibang school.”
As fate would have it, he traveled to Mendiola and left a mark during a scrimmage. The rest as they say is history.
“Give credit where credit is due. People criticize me for using a lot players in the bench but the reason why I do it is because in the long run, you will need those players,” Jarin said of his ward.
“He has been playing since time immemorial and that’s why he is ready.”
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