ATENEO isn't the best defensive team for nothing, limiting its opponents to a league-best 61.3 points per outing on a 34-percent clip.
That showed again on Wednesday after it trailed by as much as 12 points, 42-29, in its duel against Far Eastern University - a bad stretch which coach Tab Baldwin branded as a "wake-up call" for his side.
At the forefront of that comeback was Gian Mamuyac, who was a pest on the defensive end as he stymied the Tamaraws' backcourt whenever they held the leather.
"Defense is my calling card," he proudly said, his contributions far bigger than what his numbers on the stats sheets - three points, five rebounds, and an assist - suggest.
"I always stick to do what the team needs me to do. If the team needs me to try and stop the hot guy, I'll try my best to do that."
Mamuyac hounded FEU guards L-Jay Gonzales, Wendell Comboy, and Royce Alforque who struggled to set their team up in the second half.
"We always have to get it done on defense," Mamuyac said after the Blue Eagles limited the Tamaraws to just 15 points on a 17-percent shooting in the second half while forcing them to 14 turnovers.
The Blue Eagles are now 11-0 (win-loss) for the season, and Mamuyac said defense will always be the name of the game.
"Yung first half, di talaga kami yun kasi yung defense namin, we always try to hold opponents to 15 or lower," he said. "Pero yung defense namin yung gumana ng second half. Stop-by-stop, we were able to catch up and nung crunch time, we got stops pa rin and won the game."