Staying perfect Blazers’ goal in clash with Altas
Miguel Oczon consistently makes his bed at the break of dawn and tosses a minimum of 300 shots daily apart from the team’s regular practice.
“I do extra shooting outside of practice, but the key I guess is the confidence to make those shots,’’ said Oczon, who keyed College of St. Benilde’s (CSB) recent victory over San Sebastian after scoring 20 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter.
Oczon has been working hard to gain his form, which will be the chief cause of concern for Perpetual Help in their battle with the unbeaten Blazers on Tuesday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“Migs is the hardest working guy in our team. He wakes up at 4 a.m. and shoots around 300 to 500 shots everyday. What you saw in our last game was a product of that,’’ said CSB assistant coach Paolo Layug.
The Blazers actually squandered a 25-point advantage in a huge comeback by the Stags, but were still proud of the 100-94 win to lead the tournament after two games.
“We kind of relaxed. But it’s a long season, we have time to improve and learn from our mistakes,’’ said Oczon, a former national team sniper who played in the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) U-19 World Cup in Greece 2019.
Coming off a dramatic 89-81 conquest of San Beda, Lyceum has gained the confidence with two victories after three games, but shouldn’t be complacent against faltering Emilio Aguinaldo College in the other match.
Enoch Valdez and John Barba will again try to deliver for the Pirates as well as Shawn Umali, Enzo Navarro and Mclaude Gudana. INQ