MATT Nieto continues to miss time for Ateneo as he recovers from dengue, and with the way Tyler Tio has been playing, the starting guard can take the time he needs to recuperate.
Tio finished with 16 points and two assists without a single turnover in 22 minutes of action as he started anew at the point guard position for coach Tab Baldwin.
“He’s doing his role, that’s the role given to him and the role that’s expected of him. Think about it that’s a big responsibility stepping up for a player like Matt but that’s what the team needs him to do,” said Ateneo assistant Sandy Arespacochaga.
“We trust in him also, he’s stepping up and doing his job,” he added.
The key for the former Xavier Golden Stallion to just focus on the job and trust his teammates.
“I don’t really think about how big the role is, I’m just trying to do my job. I’m confident kasi na if I don’t do my job, someone else will step up. At the same time, that motivates me to do my job also,” said Tio.
“Matt for me, is one of the best college point guards right now so I think it’s gonna be a tough job to replace him and I don’t think I can replace him, I’m just doing my job to be me, I’m not trying to be him,” he added.
Tio noted that while he may be coming up with the needed numbers, he knows he has much work to do to get close to what Nieto brings to the table.
“More than the skills, the xs and os, it’s his heart that separates him from the pack,” said Tio.
“Probably his heart and energy, the intangibles that he brings in the game. Matt brings a lot to the table, sometimes it doesn’t show up on the statsheet, that’s the hardest to replace,” he added.