AXEL Inigo played brilliant for the second straight time, and Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela said it was no accident.
The Tamaraws capped off the elimination round with an important win over also-ran University of the East, with Inigo scoring 16 points while making 3 of 4 shots from three-point range.
Racela said he challenged Inigo before the UE game to play consistently, having noticed that positive comments on social media after a big game seemed to get in the player's head.
Inigo scored 18 points in their previous game, but FEU bowed to La Salle and suffered its third straight loss.
“Kapag nababasa niya mga comments, nag-iiba laro niya after playing one good game. I called him out yesterday na they have to be consistent for two consecutive games,” said Racela.
“That’s a welcome development for us,” Racela said, referring to Inigo’s game on Wednesday.
Inigo said he shot with confidence, determined to have a good follow-up to the La Salle game.
“Iniisip ko lang nung time na ‘yun na talagang gusto kong i-shoot ‘yun. Confidence lang na magawa mo ‘yung gusto mo,” said Inigo.
Inigo capped off a 9-0 run by the Tamaraws with a triple that put them ahead, 63-59, with 25 seconds left in the fourth, bouncing back from an earlier missed three.
Inigo shot 6-of-7 from the field.
“Talagang suwerte lang. Ginawa ko lang ‘yung role ko na kapag dumating sa akin ‘yung open shots, i-grab ko lang,” said Inigo.