JAVEE Mocon said his impressive performance in Game Two will a big boost to his confidence going to the the deciding Game Three of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball finals on Thursday.
Mocon played the game of his life on Tuesday, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench in San Beda’s 68-61 win over Letran at the Mall of Asia Arena that levelled the best-of-three series at 1-1.
Mocon has enjoyed a lot of success as a member of dominant Red Cubs teams with Arvin Tolentino, Andrei Caracut, Rev Diputado, among others, but has rarely been tested in pressure-packed situations.
Now that he has passed his baptism of fire in Game Two, the 20-year-old expects to be an even better player in the title decider.
“Siguro ‘yung make-carry over ko dito ‘yung confidence. It’s all about the mindset naman. It’s the same basketball game,” said Mocon.
San Beda coach Jamike Jarin said he wasn’t surprised with Mocon’s play which was highlighted by a nine-point spurt in the third quarter. Mocon finished with a 5-of-8 clip from the field.
Jarin said the kid has an admirable work ethic.
“He is only in his sophomore year. It’s not because of me. It’s his attitude in preparation and playing the game right,” Jarin said.
Mocon is glad that he was able to repay his coaches and teammates’ faith.
“Nandoon ‘yung opportunity. Dahil sa mga coaches ko at ‘yung teammates ko, nandoon ‘yung tiwala nila sa akin para magawa ‘yung shots ko,” said Mocon.