IF there’s a game he likes to make an example of how he’d like to ideally play, Philip Paniamogan would choose Jose Rizal University’s latest victory in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, an 87-78 win over Mapua on Monday.
So impressed was the Heavy Bombers’ fourth-year gunner on his own performance that after the post-game conference, he asked where he could get a copy of the telecast of the game.
“San ba makakakuha ng video ng laro?” Paniamogan asked.
Everything was understandable as the 23-year-old pride of Cagayan de Oro City fired 26 points, all in the last two quarters, as he sparked the Bombers’ breakaway in the payoff period.
He scored all his points, embellished by five triples, in just 26 minutes, where he also chipped in three boards, one assist, one steal, and a block.
"Nanggigil ako nung first half,” Paniamogan admitted. “Gusto ko maka-shoot agad. Pero mali yung attitude ko.”
“Kaya nung second half, iniba ko yung attitude na yun,” the marked man added. “Bumunga naman `yung patience ko.”
Not even a punch from defender Jomari Tubiano, who was called for a disqualifying foul after, to the ribs failed to stop Paniamogan’s onslaught.
“Gulat ako na binanatan ako,” he said. “Pero okay lang. ganyan talaga, basketball eh.”