JOSE Rizal University stalwart Michael Mabulac was so used to having solid performances get unnoticed by Heavy Bombers coach Vergel Meneses that the player was surprised to hear praises from his demanding mentor.
Mensses finally heaped praise on Mabulac after the latter led the Bombers to a 67-43 win over Lyceum in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Monday, saying his ward played “superbly” during the post-game conference.
Informed of the development, Mabulac was surprised.
“Talaga? Parang ayaw ko maniwala,” the power forward laughed later in a chat with Spin.ph.
Meneses would often be left wanting of showing of Mabulac, who was the league’s Most Improved Player last season.
“Sabi niya, sa sampung laro, isa lang ang nakita niyang full potential ng laro ko. Syempre masakit sa akin yun.”
But it seems Meneses is finally seeing the consistency from his prized ward.
“Kahit nagkakamali ako, natatakpan na ng aggressiveness yung pagkakamali,” Mabulac said. “Kaya natutuwa siya.”
“Kung makikita mo, madalang na siya tumayo, madalang na siya magbigay ng instruction kasi fluid yung ginagawa namin kanina,” added the Bulacan native, who registered 13 points, 10 boards, and one block against the Pirates.
And Mabulac hopes to keep Meneses satisfied as the Bombers continue their mission to make the Final Four for the first time in three years.
“Gusto ko lang makita niya yung gusto niyang laro mula sa akin.”