RICHARD Escoto cherished his experience with Batang Gilas, saying it helped him prepared for the UAAP battle in Season 79 where he stands as one of the vanguards of defending champion Far Eastern University.
Escoto was part of the Batang Gilas squad that competed in the Fiba Under-17 World Championship in Doha, Qatar in 2014, battling players from eventual champion United States during the preliminaries.
“Sobrang laki ng experience ko sa Batang Gilas kasi malalaki ‘yung binabantayan ko,” Escoto said. “Nung nag-Fiba world kami sa Under-17, nakalaban namin US na malalaki. Natutunan ko talaga magbantay ng big man dun.”
The experience is coming in handy for Escoto, who had a match to remember on Sunday against Adamson.
The third-year center scored 11 of his 13 points in the second quarter to help FEU pull away enroute to the 75-65 win over the Falcons. He had two points and five rebounds in 17 minutes in the opening loss to La Salle.
“Sinunod ko lang mga coaches. Stick to the game lang,” said the 19-year-old Escoto, playing down his performance.
Escoto said he wants to emulate what his older brother Russel did during his time with FEU in the past few years, but admitted that he still sees a lot of room for improvement in his game.
“Kailangan ko pa mag-improve para makatulong sa team. Continue ko lang ‘yung ginagawa ng brother ko,” said Escoto.