RENZO Subido is hardly surprised to see Marvin Lee come out of his shell and explode in UST's 79-68 win over UE on Sunday.
"I’ve known him since high school and I know na marami siyang magagawa inside the court. Sa game niya ngayon, hindi na ako nagulat kasi alam ko kaya niyang gawin yun," he said.
With Subido sidelined with a stress fracture on his left ankle, Lee took up the challenge and proved that he's worthy of the "Splash Bro" nickname they gave their tandem.
Averaging 11.0 points on a 27-percent clip this season, Lee upped those numbers and shot a career-best 30 points built on eight treys in the conquest to lead the Growling Tigers to an even 5-5 record this UAAP Season 81.
He became the first UST player to drain as many long bombs in a decade since Jeric Fortuna made the same number of treys back in Season 73.
With the way Lee is playing, Subido wouldn't deny that he misses being on the court competing with the rest of the Growling Tigers.
"It felt great kasi siyempre, I saw my teammates and they played their A-game. Nakakatuwa na everyone's enjoying inside the court," he said.
But Subido, who's netting a team-best 15.9 points on 31-percent shooting from threes, on top of 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists, knows better to take precaution after his left ankle swelled up back in the team's practice last Friday.
"All of a sudden, I couldn’t walk na lang because of the swelling. I think it's overwork or overuse. Since November kasi I’ve been practicing. Wala akong rest from D-League to UAAP," said Subido, who played with Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup from January to April before returning to the Growling Tigers over the summer.
Coach Aldin Ayo also said that UST has been careful in dealing with Subido since the start of its buildup for the season.
"Ever since the start of the season, he was playing with one foot," he shared. "Yung na-injure naman is yung healthy foot niya. Ngayon, dalawang paa na niya yung injured."
But the team is hoping for the best, that Subido's injury won't be as serious as the initial diagnosis of a stress fracture.
"He's still going to have his MRI tomorrow. Sana wag naman," said Ayo. "Hopefully, may mga players na mag-step up sa mababakante ni Renzo."