GERMY Mahinay admitted feeling let down by Lyceum and that was the primary reason for his move to University of Sto. Tomas.
The former San Beda Red Cub committed to the Pirates but was relegated to a reserve role before the season began.
Finding that hard to take, the 6-foot-5 rookie moved to UST to suit up for the Aldin Ayo-mentored squad.
“Lumipat ako, nawala yung usapan namin ni coach Topex, as a part ko masakit din kasi, na pinangakuan ako sa harap ng parents ko na line-up ako sa season,” Mahinay explained.
“Opening day, sinabi sa akin na as of now, reserve ka for us. Wala naman sinabing reason,” he added.
Mahinay is using that as motivation to play even better and show that the Pirates made a huge mistake in letting him go.
“Siguro ganun yung gagawin ko. Ipapakita ko na medyo mali yung ginawa nila, ipprove ko sila na wrong (Sila),” he added.
Mahinay expects his transition to be breezy after being accepted in camp by the Tigers with open arms.
The key for him now is doing his part and repaying the trust that Ayo and his team gives him.
“Siguro, okay naman yung rookie year ko. Kasi halos lahat naman ng teammate ko napapakisamahan ko naman ng maayos,” Mahinay said
“Sa responsibilities siguro, gagawin ko lang part ko as a big man. Gagawin ko lang ang part ko as a big man. Marami naman kaming shooter sa labas, sa part ko kung magmintis naman ang tira nila, gagawin ko ang role ko sa rebounding,” he added.
As for eligibility concerns, Mahinay said he has been assured by Ayo that he will be cleared to play.
“Ang sabi naman ni coach Aldin, wala namang problema dahil sabi ng Mancomm makakapaglaro ako this season.“