AARON Black said he didn’t mind sitting out the final moments of Saturday’s UAAP Final Four game against Far Eastern University despite his hot scoring.
Black topscored for Ateneo with 11 points, including seven straight points to begin the fourth period that opened a 10-point lead for the Blue Eagles, 49-39.
But Black was never fielded by Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin when the Tamaraws closed out the game with a 23-10 burst to steal a 62-61 victory.
Black said he doesn’t see any problem with Baldwin's decision.
“Whatever coach Tab wants, I respect his decision,” Black, son of multi-titled coach Norman Black, said. “Maybe he saw it a better way.”
“To me, whatever he wants to do is the right way. He is our coach and I respect that,” Black added.
Black shot 4-of-8 from the field and made two timely triples in a bid to break the Tamaraws’ zone defense. Collectively, the Blue Eagles shot just 6-of-36 from beyond the three-point arc.
“We kinda expect it from Thirdy (Ravena) and me because we attack a lot. We took it as a challenge over the zone defense. We really didn’t shoot well. We can’t shoot that much,” said Black.
As the series goes to a knockout match against the Tamaraws on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Black said the Blue Eagles will definitely be prepared after letting the game slip away.
“We are the twice-to-beat. We always want to take advantage of that. We will be ready for Wednesday. We will make adjustments. We will try to capitalize on that,” Black said.
And Black said he will definitely be ready when his number is called by Baldwin.
“Whenever he calls me out to come out to the floor, I’ll be ready,” Black said.