HIS first game back may not have gone the way he envisioned, but Andre Paras is surely not letting this loss get in his way of helping AMA Online Education and improving his individual game.
“I’m back to show my support for the team and the organization,” said the 22-year-old who returned to lend a helping hand to the skidding Titans in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
“At the same time, I want to see what I’m lacking skill-wise in basketball.”
Paras has been working doubly hard to improve his game, alternating between the Titans in the PBA D-League and Imus Bandera in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, on top of his commitments as an actor.
And so far, those efforts are paying dividends.
Paras recorded 21 markers and 10 rebounds in his comeback game, but he isn’t putting too much mustard on those numbers, especially since AMA suffered a big loss to CEU.
"Sometimes, it makes you think na you can rebound as much as you want, pero if it doesn't get converted to points with your teammates, or you don't get it converted, at the end of the day, you still lose," he said.
But he isn’t being too hard on himself and vowed to use the experience the to play better.
“I’ll be more active,” he promised.
"I was being outrebounded by other guys and I see that naman. At least, I get to see my mistakes. So in our next game, I’ll try being more aggressive in rebounds. If some players are off, I will try my best to contribute.”
Paras eyes to have a better blending with teammates Owen Graham and JC Garcia for AMA’s next assignment against Batangas on Monday.
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