Coach gambles on Tiger Subido — And he wins

September 18, 2018
Alvin Vitug
Alvin Vitug scores to lead NHA to a huge win over Judiciary, 73-68, in the UNTV Cup held Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Renzo Subido has always been told to keep on shooting.

And shoot, he did. Even when the 22-year-old couldn’t find the bottom of the net, UST mentor Aldin Ayo wouldn’t bat an eyelash knowing that when his young gun’s shots finally drop, only good things could happen for the Growling Tigers.

Those are the kinds of risks you make when you look at this UAAP Season 81 as a rebuilding year.

It wouldn’t hurt, too, if that gamble nets UST victories, just like how it did this past week in a 76-74 shocker over playoff hopeful FEU for its first win in the tourney.

And in the middle of that conquest? No one else but Subido, who went on a 4-of-9 shooting from downtown to lead the Growling Tigers with 18 points, two rebounds, and an assist in the upset.

What a way for him to bounce back from his horror opening day showing against NU, where he shot 2-of-10 from beyond the arc and 5-of-24 from the field.

“Yung last game na ’yun, we were able to get  shots pero hindi lang pumapasok,” the 5-foot-9 guard said. “Pero alam namin na magiging maayos pa ang laro namin and we just have to trust each other at magtiwala sa sistema.”

For his efforts, Subido was hailed as the Chooks-to-Go/UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.

He edged out Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, UP’s Juan Gomez de Liano, and FEU’s Prince Orizu for the award given out by writers from print and online portals covering the beat.