MARLOU Aquino is determined to defy Father Time, and looks to be doing a fine job at it.
Picking his spots wisely, the 45-year-old Aquino has managed to deliver significant numbers for the Bulacan Kuyas, who have won four straight games.
The PBA legend on Saturday was once again a solid contributor for the Kuyas, finishing with six points, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just eight minutes in a 92-83 win over the Valenzuela Classic in the MPBL.
Aquino last week had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in 13 minutes in Bulacan’s win over Batangas City Athletics.
“Medyo sumasali ako sa mga ibang drills na kaya ko para maski papaano, mabanat ‘yung mga muscle natin,” said Aquino on Saturday night.
Bulacan coach Chris Baluyot said he is giving Aquino an opportunity to contribute and the former Ginebra cager is delivering for the Kuyas.
“Sabi ko nga kay kuya Marlou, although takbuhan ’yung laban, kailangan ready lang siya na kapag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na halfcourt play, meron advantage, go and attack tayo kay Kuya Marlou. Good thing it happened na nagko-convert siya,” said Baluyot.
Aquino said he is enjoying his stint in the MPBL, but admitted playing an official game is way different from playing pick-up games when he was suiting up for the PBA legend.
“Oo, nag-eenjoy pa rin sa basketball,” said the former PBA first overall pick who went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1996.
“Hinahanap pa rin ng katawan ko although ’yung grupo namin ’yung legends, palaro-laro lang pero iba ’yung official game. May mga tulak.
“Pero masarap pa rin,” he added.
Aquino, who last played competitive basketball in 2011 with the Meralco Bolts, said his family including National University cager Matthew Aquino is happy to see him lace up his shoes once again in front of a big audience.
“Natutuwa sila kapag nababalitaan nila o nakikita sa news. Natutuwa ako,” said the Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan native.
At this stage of his basketball career, the 6-foot-9 Aquino said he is only after doing his role in the team, which is to provide quality minutes.
“Para kung ipasok ako, makakatulong ako sa team. Tuloy lang,” Aquino said.
Even though his contemporaries are already officials in the league, one of which is former national teammate and MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, Aquino said he will still choose to play.
“Laro pa rin. Mas enjoy ako sa paglalaro. ‘Yun ang gusto ng katawan ko,” Aquino said.