UP coach Madrid ranks Maroons guard Mikee Reyes as 'one of best guards in UAAP'
UP Maroons guard Mikee Reyes scored a career-high 28 points against Adamson and follows it up with a 19-point performance against UE. Jaime Campos

AS Mikee Reyes becomes more aggressive in scoring, UP coach Rey Madrid is hoping others would take on the role as facilitator for the Maroons.

Madrid said he ranks Reyes as one of the best point guards in the league, but then notes that he needs the former La Salle Greenhills standout to focus on scoring.

“I would even rank him as one of the best point guards (in the league). I hope he keeps up his rhythm and level of play,” said Madrid.

“On a large part, meron siyang kasamang facilitator. Talagang we need him to really produce. Task naman talaga niya ’yun. I’m not looking for assists from him. We are now looking at Kyles (Lao) and Mo (Gingerich) to facilitate,” said Madrid.

The Maroons have ended the long win drought  and now hope for more victories in their second-round campaign.

Reyes has been putting up stellar numbers as of late, scoring 28 points for UP in its lone win of UAAP Season 77 against Adamson at the end of the first round and again topscoring for the Maroons with 19 points in a loss to University of the East on Saturday.

Reyes is now averaging 9.8 points per game, the third-best output behind Kyles Lao (11.4) and JR Gallarza (10.6).

Reyes returned to the Maroons this season following a falling out with former head coach Ricky Dandan. He also sustained shoulder injuries that forced him to miss two seasons.

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