SLOWLY but surely, Renzo Navarro is showing the fruits of his labor under the tutelage of San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.
That was most evident in the Stags’ 73-61 win over College of St. Benilde on Thursday as he showed off his much improved shooting down the stretch.
Navarro drained four threes in a killer fourth quarter as they finally broke the game wide open for good.
The returning guard, who had a short stint with La Salle, looked comfortable from long range, as he drained one after another, including the back-to-back haymakers to give the Stags a 70-52 lead.
"Yung pagpasok ko ng fourth, sabi ni coach Egay four down. Yung play na yun, pick and roll siya on the top, pero kasi laging sinasabi ni coach Egay na ako na bahala kung anong gagawin ko sa team," said Navarro, who finished with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting from downtown.
"Nagkataon na meron akong open shots, kinuha ko lang and luckily pumasok yung mga tira ko kanina," he added.
Macaraya's directive on his players was to shoot at will and it just so happened that Navarro was just confident to take the shots.
"It was a good thing that this time, si Renzo naman yung naiiwan and pumapasok yung tira niya. That's the nice thing about this team, kahit sino naman, pwede tumira," Macaraya said.
Apart from his improved shooting, Navarro credited Macaraya for his much improved physical shape.
In need to trim down to keep up with his defensive assignments, Navarro can proudly say that he's a much better defender now than when he initially came home to the Stags.
“Yung pagiging shooters namin sa team, given na yun coach si coach Egay nga is a great shooter nung naglalaro siya pero ang inimply talaga sakin ni coach yung depensa ko," Navarro shared.
"Pagbalik ko ng San Sebastian, medyo overweight ako at di makapagdepensa ng maayos so yun talaga yung inimprove niya sakin. Talagang sinabi niya na kailangan ko mag work on," he added.