Brent Paraiso banks on playoff experiences
Brent Paraiso was at the right place and at the right time for the UST Growling Tigers.
The 21-year old did not only showcase his playoff experiences, but he also contributed big time in UST’s stepladder game.
Paraiso ignited with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, which ultimately became instrumental in UST’s 81-71 knockout victory over the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday.
“Malaking bagay yung may player ka rin na may experience kasi siyam yung rookies namin. Games like this, you need players who have experience,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.
Paraiso also had its fair share of Finals experience with La Salle Green Archers for two years, and the former UAAP titlist tactician knows what he could offer in a must-win games.
“He knows his role. He knows his system, that’s why he’s playing,” Ayo added.
Most importantly, the two-way swingman showed a lot of composure with his physical matchup against fellow pesky defender Alex Stockton.
“It’s a physical game. It’s normal, I just have to absorb it. I just have to stay composed, whatever happens inside the court,” Paraiso shared.
Unfazed by the pressure, Paraiso wanted this win not just for the team but also for the Thomasian community.
“I think we just wanted it more than FEU. We did it for our seniors, and for our coach, we did it for the community rin,” he stated.
“We just wanted it more today.”
With that win, the Growling Tigers now advances to the next round against the UP Fighting Maroons