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    Eager to make mark after missing last season, Regie Boy Basibas shows glimpse of what he can do for UST

    Sep 17, 2016
    Regi Basibas comes up with big baskets down the stretch for the Tigers. Jerome Ascano

    REGIE Boy Basibas has a lot of reasons to have a productive season for University of Santo Tomas.

    Back after missing a full season with a groin injury, Basibas is exected to deliver after the departure of key players from last year.

    The Tigers also suffered a blow when Embons Bonleon injured in his left hand.

    [See UST forward Embons Bonleon ruled out for rest of Season 79 to have surgery on injured wrist]

    “Kailangan namin mag-step up lalo ’yung mga ka-puwestuhan namin. Si Bonleon, malaking bagay sa amin,” said Basibas, who made his UAAP debut in 2014.

    Now 22, the product of Leyte is eager to make his mark and is confident the Tigers can go deep in the tournament.

    “Babawi po ako,” said Basibas, who wants to taste the feeling of being in the Final Four.

    “’Yung focus namin, maka-Final Four. Kaya po,” he added.

    Basibas stepped up for UST in its victory over University of the Philippines on Saturday.

    The 6-foot-4 forward had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Growling Tigers, including a triple that started an 8-0 run on their way to victory over the Maroons.

    [See Tigers rally late for narrow win over Maroons to soothe pain of huge loss to Archers]

    “Masakit po kasi siyempre 38 points,” said Basibas.

    “”Yung coach po namin, gusto namin makabawi kasi natalo kami sa La Salle. Wag daw po kami nagpapatalo kasi bababa kami. Binigyan kami ng kumpiyansa ng mga coaches,” he added.

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    Regi Basibas comes up with big baskets down the stretch for the Tigers. Jerome Ascano
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