MATT Salem shook off jitters to come up with a notable performance for National University in a win over Ateneo on Sunday.
Although he relatively had a strong performance with the Bulldogs with seven points and eight rebounds in his debut against University of the East, Salem admitted he had to battle a bad case of nerves in his first UAAP games with NU after transferring from La Salle.
“The nerves were there. But fear-wise, scared, not at all. Sitting out a year, maybe I had a lot of energy to show. It’s just another game but I could say the nerves were there,” said Salem.
Salem put on a fine showing for NU on Sunday, scoring 12 points including nine in the third quarter, and grabbed eight rebounds in the Bulldogs' 70-60 win over Ateneo.
“I just do what I can. Do my role and know what to do. That’s the only way I can help the team,” said Salem.
NU coach Eric Altamirano said Salem being saddled with foul trouble in the first half actually turned out to be positive for the former De La Salle Green Archer.
“Matt got into foul trouble early in the game but it did him good,” said Altamirano. “He was able to relaxed and he had the energy to lift us up in the third quarter with his three-point shooting and his defense.”