JEFF Napa saw one hell of a scoring performance from a familiar face as John Lloyd Clemente waxed hot in National University’s 79-74 loss to Far Eastern University on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Clemente, Napa’s former player in the NU Bullpups, came five short of beating Napa’s school record of 43 points after firing in 38 points on 14 of 25 shooting from the field.
Napa set the scoring record back in 2002 when he was still the face of the Bulldogs.
A lot of players from the Bulldogs camp through the years have attempted to break that record, playfully challenging Napa, who still serves as a consultant for National University.
So far, Clemente’s the one which comes the closest.
“Daming humahamon sakin pero walang nagtagumpay e,” said Napa who’s also handling Letran in the NCAA.
“Makukuha din yan. In time as of now, as of now ako parin ang may hawak ng record kaya targetin nila yun,” he added.
But Napa is the last person to be surprised with Clemente’s explosion as they’ve been together for the longest time now which includes a title back in the UAAP Juniors division.
Now it’s all about polishing Clemente’s skills further as his journey in becoming one of the most fearsome scorers in the UAAP kicks off.
“Okay naman ang performance niya, marami lang pilit, masyadong gigil. Akala niya siguro ganun kadali yun,” said Napa.
“Nung nagsettle down, nakuha niya ulit, ganun parin, bata pa rin, matutunan pa rin niya yun along the way,” he added.
The tools are already there and there’s no questioning the talent, now it’s all about picking his spots and taking the right shots, as if there’s one aspect in Clemente’s scoring spree that could be nitpicked, it’s his number of threes as he took 14 in total, though he made five.
“Number one (na iimprove is) how to settle down lalo na sa ganung sitwasyon na alam mong mainit ka, alam mo dapat paano cocontrolin ang sarili mo. Kaya kanina kinakausap ko kasi nangigil masyado sa three-pointers e,” said Napa.
“Yun ang sinabi ko sa kanya, don’t settle for three points, two points, three points parehas lang yan. It’s a matter kung paano niya titira. Yung three points niya marami ng forced shots, yun yung mga kailangan niya iadjust pa.”
But Napa has no doubt in his mind that his record will be broken in time, and who better way to break it than the kid that he’s developed since high school.
“Definitely,” Napa said when asked if he feels Clemente is the guy that will break his record.
A piece of advice coming from Napa? It’s harder when you think about it.
“Basta makuha lang niya yung tamang sikreto, mahirap gawin yan kung pangsariling iisipin mo. Goodluck nalang sa kanya sa mga nagbabalak na kumuha ng record ko.”