For Renzo Subido, his time with Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup has a purpose.
And his main goal? To become a better leader for University of Santo Tomas.
“I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” he said.
So far, Subido has been nothing but excellent for the Skippers, leading his side to the 94-92 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.
The 22-year-old led the fight with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds in the victory.
While he’s looking to gain experience, Subido’s focus is firmly on the big picture rather than his individual performance.
“We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship. But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams. So we’re just going to go all out every game,” he said.
That mettle was tested against the Jawbreakers.
Marinerong Pilipino jumped to a 17-point lead in the third quarter, 56-39, before Zark’s Burger-Lyceum made a late run and cut the deficit down to two numerous times within the final two minutes.
But the Skippers had the end-game poise, making huge stops in the clutch as Subido calmly sank the game-clinching freebies.
“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference and it was a good experience with us,” he said.
Still, the 5-foot-9 Subido isn’t losing sight of his individual targets as he makes a much awaited comeback with the Growling Tigers, this time with coach Aldin Ayo calling the shots.
“I’m more than excited. It’s a very different system. I’m excited to play for coach Aldin,” he said. “Coach Aldin is a guard-oriented coach, so I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero and I’ll bring it to UST.”