COMING off his worst game in UAAP Season 80, Issa Gaye knew that sulking over that bad game would do him no good.
That’s why heading into National University’s match against University of Santo Tomas, Gaye knew that anything less than a strong showing would be an utter disappointment.
Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Gaye bounced back strong as he played a huge part in their 91-83 win over the Growling Tigers to arrest their two-game skid and finally get back on the winning track.
Gaye looked like a different person from the player which made just three of his 15 shots against Ateneo as he scored 22 points, grabbed six boards and blocked six shots to propel the Bulldogs to the victory.
“It was just determination. After that game, I was really determined to bounce back and play my game, enjoy the game without pressure. I was really determined this week,” said Gaye after the game.
“No pressure. We just played like we played in practice. Enjoy the game, extra passes, that’s it,” he added.
He also had a little more motivation in this game as they’re playing without their head coach in Jamike Jarin who was suspended in this game after being ejected against Ateneo.
Gaye looks at Jarin as a father figure and he’s just thankful for his assistants who came in and filled the void that Jarin left.
“I will thank the coaches first. The game, we’re playing it for our head coach Jamike. Just enjoyed the game and let the game come to me,” said Gaye.
“That’s the only thing that I did and let the game come to me. I didn’t force my shots, I just let it come to me, I took the open shots, the opportunity and I defended.”