Mocon bares motivation behind lauded "work ethic"

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--San Beda-Taytay High School coach JB Sison praised his players for the work ethic they show, leading them to their longtime success in the NCAA juniors basketball tournament that even spilled to other high school cagefests like the Palarong Pambansa basketball competition.

In particular, however, he cited two alumni who are striving really hard to improve on their game.

One of them is now seniors player Javee Mocon.

The said "extra practice" paid heavy dividends for the 6-foot-3 forward, etching out a name of his own in last year's NCAA Finals and has become a key player in San Beda's run to the finals again this year.

"Kahit ano, gagawin ko. Role player, even if I don't score kasi we have Davon Potts and Robert Bolick [among others]," said Mocon, who actually gave way to the said players scoring-wise on Tuesday against Perpetual Help in their do-or-die game for the last finals seat.

However, he still showcased a great all-around performance, finishing with 12 points, 15 rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and one steal to help the Red Lions set up a date with the Arellano Chiefs for all the marbles.

"Grabe ang work ethic ni Javee," added Bolick, who actually revealed to the media a proof of Mocon's hard work.

"Si Javee, taga-Antipolo, pero una pa sa aming lahat na taga-dorm. Maaga pa lang, nandoon na sa gym, mga 5:30 (a.m.) Most of the time, siya yung pinakaunang darating kaysa sa mga taga-dorm," Bolick bared.

Mocon then bared his practice routine, saying, "[I do] extra shooting, extra dribbling, and everything. Nadadala ko sa game. I know my role--getting the rebounds and the defense. Everything, I will do to contribute to our win."

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