Deside­rio bares strug­gle

Manila Bulletin - - Sports News - JEROME LAGUNZAD

Paul Deside­rio has emerged as Univer­sity of the Philip­pines’ main of­fen­sive weapon, but is fully aware that he needs to share the ball with his team­mates and im­prove on his shot se­lec­tion.

“Per­son­ally, hindi pa ako nakaka­pag-ad­just. Masyado akong naka-fo­cus sa scor­ing,” he ad­mit­ted. “Da­pat sa next game, play­maker na rin ako. Kailan­gan maka­pag-ad­just na ta­laga.”

The six-foot Ce­buano guard hopes to make up for it when the Ma­roons take on strug­gling Univer­sity of the East to­day at the Smart Araneta Coliseu,

Deside­rio is av­er­ag­ing 13 points and 6.5 re­bounds in their first two matches. He hit the game-win­ning triple against Univer­sity of Santo To­mas dur­ing the UAAP opener.

How­ever, Deside­rio is just shoot­ing 26 per­cent (10-of-38) from the field and had only one as­sist and a steal in their 92-71 loss to Ate­neo last Wed­nes­day.

Deside­rio blamed the nag­ging menis­cus tear in his right knee he suf­fered dur­ing a prac­tice game last June.

“Nasa utak na lang ta­laga. Hindi na ta­laga ‘yung kat­u­lad dati na salak­sak lang nang salak­sak, nai­ilang lang ta­laga. Hindi ko na­man na ini­inda pero natatakot pa rin,” he said.

UE’s ace wing­man Alvin Pasaol is also deal­ing with his own predica­ment in terms of man­ag­ing his fouls and shoot­ing woes dur­ing their team’s first two losses.

“I think it’s a con­cern kasi he (Pasaol) has to check that (per­sonal fouls) and play a lot smarter. He has to give up some­thing. Hindi pwede la­hat agawin niya. He has to play smarter,” said UE coach Der­rick Pu­maren.

“The ef­fort is there but he’s still not shoot­ing well for the first two games. He didn’t shoot well from the three (point area). It is a con­cern for us be­cause he should be the one lead­ing us of­fen­sively but if he has a bad shoot­ing night, we’re in trou­ble.”

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