Sweet-shooting Jaboneta leads UP’s 'Cebuano Connection' in close win against UST
MANILA, Philippines – Janjan Jaboneta drew his first-ever start in his 3-year UAAP career, and he made the most of it.
In UP’s 71-69 squeaker win against the spiraling 0-8 UST Growling Tigers, the Cebuano swingman tallied a career-high of 12 points in 18 minutes with a perfect 4/4 from three, marking the first time that he led the team in scoring.
The other 2 stalwarts of UP’s Cebu trio, Paul Desiderio and the ailing Jun Manzo, only combined for 21 points on an ice-cold 8/32 shooting clip.
Jaboneta got the ball rolling for UP at the very start with his first three, contributing to a massive 13-0 run against the hapless Tigers. However, the Maroons immediately burned out as they only scored 2 points in the final 8 minutes and 30 seconds of the opening quarter, while also letting UST get the lead at the buzzer, 17-15.
UP shot out to another scoring run in the second to make up for their polarizing first quarter and entered intermission with a 40-32 lead. Only Marvin Lee got into a groove for UST with 6 points off 2 threes.
Speaking of threes, Jaboneta got back his chances from downtown and sank 3 more threes in quarter no. 3. This ensured that UST’s balanced attack didn’t get too out of hand. However, it still got out of hand anyway as Lee took advantage of a slumping UP offense with a clutch trey to pull UST within one, 70-69. This proved to be the Tigers’ last points as Lee’s hero ball antics failed them for the last 5 seconds.
After the game, Jaboneta expressed his gratitude for Coach Bo Perasol for giving him a bigger opportunity. “Sobrang thankful ko lang kay Coach na binigyan niya ako ng chance,” he said. “This is my first time to start in my UAAP career so hindi ko binigo si Coach. Binigay ko yung best ko.”
(“I’m just really thankful for Coach for giving me a chance. This is my first time to start in my UAAP career so I didn’t let Coach down. I gave it my best.”)
“Tapos sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa mga roommate ko sa dorm,” he added, referring to Desiderio and Manzo. “Sila parati nagpu-push sa akin na ibigay yung best ko at ipakita kung anong meron ako.”
(“And I’m also very thankful to my dorm roommates [Desiderio and Manzo]. They always push me to do my best and show what skills I have.”)
King Maroon Desiderio only had this to add as Manzo pinched Jaboneta’s cheek: “Sige na, wag ka nang umiyak.” (“Okay fine, don’t cry.”)
Something tells us someone is about to gloat in a dorm room tonight. – Rappler.com