ANOTHER player fresh from the bench played the hero’s role for Adamson in its third win in four games to start UAAP Season 79.
Kristian Bernardo scored seven points in only seven minutes of action, giving the Falcons exactly the boost they needed in a 64-51 victory over National University on Wednesday.
Bernardo immediately made his presence felt after replacing Papi Sarr, scoring on a basket that gave the Falcons a 46-45 lead.
Adamson took a four-point lead with nearly three minutes left in the match when Bernardo converted a three-point play before scoring another one off an offensive rebound to hike the Falcons’ lead to five, 56-51.
Bernardo’s heroics came after Dawn Ochea hit a go-ahead jumper with 1.9 seconds to play in Adamson’s 62-61 win over Ateneo. Ochea was a starter in that game, but was fresh from the bench when he hit that game-winner.
But the man himself played down his role in the win, as Bernardo said he was only doing his best to fill in for Sarr.
“Sa akin kasi, ginawa ko lang trabaho ko at ‘yung pinagagawa ni coach. Kailangan ko mag-step-up. Ginawa ko lang ‘yung rebound, dumating lang sa akin ‘yung points,” said Bernardo, who also grabbed three rebounds in the game.
Bernardo’s effort, though, did not go unnoticed for Adamson coach Franz Pumaren.
“The bench really contributed well,” Pumaren said. “Bernardo really made me look good out there. He was the game-changer for us.”
Despite the praise, Bernardo has no qualms in playing his role as a second stringer.
“Ready lang ako lagi sa bench. Kapag nasa bench ako, tinitingnan ko lang ‘yung situation sa court,” said Bernardo, in his second year with the Falcons in the UAAP.