FAR Eastern University’s Ron Dennison skipped watching the video of Paul Desiderio’s 30 point explosion against La Salle in order to avoid ‘added stress’ in having to think about the work that he’ll have to put in against his former teammate.
He managed to do what he had to against a red hot Fighting Maroons squad led by Desiderio, once again putting the clamps on his fellow Cebuano as the Tamaraws claimed their third straight win of the season.
Dennison, a graduating guard, helped limit Desiderio to just nine points on 4 for 12 shooting, well below his 21 point average heading into the match.
“Sa board namin, ilang beses na din ang pangalan ni Desiderio. And, of course, malaking bagay pag meron kang Ron Dennison na 'di mo na poproblemahin, iiwan mo na lang sa kanya,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela.
“But of course, it's not just Dennison against Desiderio, it's the whole FEU team against Desiderio.”
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Dennison’s performance in this match is he was just as good on the offensive end.
Dennison once again top scored for the Tamaraws with 16 points, with seven coming in the game-ending run after the Fighting Maroons cut a 24-point deficit to just 10.
“Siguro akin doon, ano lang, 'yung tiwala ko sa sarili ko na kaya ko i-shoot ito. Kasi alam ko na dinedepensahan niya rin ako. So parang challenge din sa sarili ko 'yun, kaya nashu-shoot ko din ang tira ko kasi confident ako,” Dennison said,
Desiderio on the other hand wasn’t surprised with how his senior performed against him and quickly tipped his hat to the veteran guard.
He might have struggled in the face of a swarming Dennison defense, but he knows how to give credit to where credit is due.
“Magaling talaga. Yung effort andun pa, lalo na ngayon umiiskor pa,” Desiderio said after the match.
“Hindi na ako nasusurprise kasi magaling talaga siya e. Kumpyansa lang nawala sa kanya at ngayon bumabalik na,” he added.
Dennison gave back those praises to Desiderio who has emerged as one the face of the Fighting Maroons’ continuous surge in this season.
“Laki ng improvement niya kaya natuwa rin ako kasi nacchalenge din ako sa kanya. Grabe tong batang to, laki ng inimprove mula High School.”