ROI Sumang credited new-found maturity for his improved play in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The former University of the East guard said constant reminders from new Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan and support from veteran teammates have helped him become a more mature player.
And that has made him a better player.
“’Yung mga last conference ko, wala ako sa focus eh," said the 28-year old Sumang. "Parang sa akin, parang laro laro pa. [Si coach Aris] parang father figure. Lagi niya akong sinasabihan na mag-focus ka, [na] hindi ka na bata.”
On Friday, Sumang once again stood at the forefront as Blackwater sustained its climb to relevance, scoring a conference-high 19 points - seven in overtime - to go along with six assists in a 104-99 win over Magnolia.
The third-round pick from the 2015 rookie draft is actually having one of his best conferences in his four-year PBA career. After Friday’s game, Sumang is now averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 assists.
Sumang, however, maintains that he's still a work in progress as he thanked Dimaunahan and teammates like Allein Maliksi for the guidance.
He has also been drawing motivation from his baby boy Ezio, now one year and two months old.
“Gusto ko magpasalamat lalo na kay coach Aris kasi lagi niya akong kinakausap,” he said. “Kumpiyansa lang talaga. Si Ray [Parks], Kuya Allein, sila ‘yung dahilan. Gusto ko lang mag-execute kasi ‘yun ang trabaho ko. ‘Yung shoot, bonus na lang."