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    Matt Nieto happy to see hard work in offseason pay off with improved three-point shooting

    Sep 27, 2017
    Matt Nieto has drilled a combined 6-of-9 triples in the past two games for Ateneo. Dante Peralta

    OVER the course of Ateneo’s five-game rampage to open its UAAP Season 80 campaign, the Blue Eagles have seen different heroes step up each game.

    And in their 94-84 win over the winless UST Growling Tigers, it was Matt Nieto’s turn to catch fire.

    The third-year guard set a new career best by pumping in 22 points on an efficient 7-of 12 shooting – spiked by four three pointers.

    The other half of the Nieto twins scattered 16 of his total output in the middle quarters where they opened a 69-47 lead to create enough of a buffer to turn down the late explosion of the Tigers.

    For the 6-foot-1 guard, he’s just basically sticking to his role in the team.

    “I'm just doing my job, I'm just finding open lanes, looking for my teammates,” said Nieto.

    “Bonus na lang yung nakaka-shoot ako. Basically I'm just doing my job as a point guard and the leader of the team,” he added.

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      Nieto’s resurgence, though, has been driven by his much improved stroke from beyond the arc, especially in the last two games, making a combined 6-of-9 from long range.

      With his defenders respecting that outside shot now, it makes his life a whole lot easier, particularly in penetrating and setting his teammates up.

      “Maybe I just improved since last season it was my weakness. I just really practiced hard during the summer break. I'm thankful for my coaches and my teammates for giving the confidence,” he said.

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