RYAN Costelo is making a conscious effort to repay the confidence of San Sebastian head coach Rodney Santos and his teammates.
The 5-6 Costelo shone the brightest on Tuesday, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter in leading the Stags’ comeback from 12 points down to beat title favorite Jose Rizal University in overtime, 91-89.
The 20-year-old sophomore guard, who played high school ball with San Sebastian, capped the comeback by scoring a scoop shot to end regulation at 76-all before his teammates took over in overtime to wrap up the Stags' first win in two games this season.
Costelo said he is happy for the trust being given by his team, especially during the crucial moments of the game.
“’Yung last play, sa akin binigay. Malaki ang tiwala sa akin. Ayokong maalis ‘yung tiwala nila sa akin,” said Costelo.
Following his effort against the Heavy Bombers, the 20-year-old sophomore guard is now averaging 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals in a promising start to the season.
Jamil Ortouste, one of the veterans of the Stags, said they are encouraging Costelo to shoot so he can get his confidence, in the hope that he can be an additional scoring threat outside of him and Bradwyn Guinto.
“Bago mag-overtime, hinahanap niya ako. Pero sabi ko, nasa ‘yo ‘yung momentum. Ma-shoot mo o hindi, okay lang. Kailangan rin niya mag-take charge sa team,” said Ortouste.
Costelo said his confidence is definitely growing.
“Lalo talagang tumaas. Sa next game namin, ibibigay pa namin lahat. Siguro lalagpasan pa namin ‘tong game na ‘to,” said Costelo.