Mallillin making the most of short time after a brief coming-out party for Ateneo

Ateneo's Troy Mallillin (#28) is slowly adjusting to the college game.
By Kevin Estrada

QUEZON CITY -- Ateneo's freshman forward Troy Mallillin is making the most of his short playing time after going perfect in a brief yet efficient way after they remain unbeaten with a comprehensive rout of UST Saturday afternoon at the Big Dome.

And assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga has nothing but praises from the former La Salle Greenhills standout who just came into the team late into the preseason.

"He's one of our hardest workers. In practice he does his job and pushes his teammates harder as he can," the former Blue Eagle summarized his thoughts on his short stint on the floor during their 102-83 mauling of the still-winless Growling Tigers.

In just six minutes, Mallillin scored seven points but he went perfect on three field goals in what could be his best outing for the unbeaten league leaders.

But he does not mind about being under the radar, as he is enjoying the opportunity to be coached by Tab Baldwin to improve and adjust in the college game after an MVP year with the Greenies in the NCAA.

"Di ko naiisip yun, ang focus ko nun ay manalo lang," he said to Dugout Philippines afterwards.

He then admitted that the last-second dunk that got the UST bench bewildered was just a spur of the moment thing for him, after he was given tons of space in an uncontested fastbreak chance.

"Gusto ko nga sana humingi ng sorry sa kanila, kasi sa ganun di ka na tumira," a calm Mallillin said after learning a lesson on in-game maturity on the fly, after knowing that his teammates have begging for him not to flush it.

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