AFTER La Salle's deflating rout of Ateneo a week prior, Aljun Melecio made it a point to do extra work at Razon Hall in La Salle, putting up shots to compensate on what he felt he lacked.
"Ganoon akong klaseng player, na if matalo, nasa isip ko may kulang akong ginawa o kulang yung extra work ko. Ganoon ako, pag natalo, extra, extra, extra. Feeling ko may kulang akong ginawa," he said.
Exhausting as his rudiments were, those efforts did pay off as Melecio made up for his deficiencies and helped La Salle score the 79-78 squeaker over Adamson on Saturday.
The pint-sized point guard unloaded 22 points, four rebounds, and two assists to help the Green Archers rise to solo fourth place at 4-3 and end the first round on a bright note at the end of first round of UAAP Season 81.
It's a pleasant surprise for La Salle to be in this position, given how the team has taken this year as a rebuilding season.
But for Melecio, strong team or not, he must give his all whenever he puts on that green-and-white jersey.
"Gusto ko lang maglaro every game. Gusto ko lang mag-focus every game. Di ko iniisip yung mangyayari in the future," he said as the Taft-based side continues to wager on despite their injury woes.
"Laban lang. Lumalaban lang kami sa games namin."
And as positive as La Salle's standing is, he knows that there's always room for improvement for him and his squad, owning up to his own faults.
"Lagi naman akong gigil eh. Kaya nga kino-control ako ni coach Louie (Gonzalez) and coach Glenn (Capacio) kasi minsan, nawawala yung decision-making ko dahil sobrang gigil ko maglaro," he said.
However, never think that Melecio would ever be satisfied with his game.
"Hindi pa ako masaya. I'm never satisfied," he said, which only means doom for the field moving forward.