Winston downplays UAAP’s explosive debut

“It could be anyone on the team.”

So said Filipino-American rookie guard Deschon Winston as he downplayed his explosive debut in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 84 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday March 26.

Deschon Winston (UAAP Media Office)

Winston scored for the Green Archers with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with three steals and an assist to help De La Salle secure a 71-66 win over Eastern University.

But the 6-foot-4 Winston, who once played at American NCAA Division I school Central Michigan University, cited the team’s defense as one of the factors that helped him convert those points for the Green Archers.

“I scored big points. I tried to get a lot of points through interceptions and even layups. That’s usually what we try to do; we try to press and make the [opposing] the team feels it so we can get the basket easy,” Winston said.

Winston also froze the game by firing his only three-point shot to restore De La Salle’s lead to nine, 70-61, with less than two minutes remaining.

Coach Derrick Pumaren, for his part, said Winston’s superb performance was already a given and praised the quick guard for delivering late in the game.

“He made a give three. I think it pushed us, but he can do a lot for us,” said the two-time UAAP champion coach.

Winston, with help from team captain Justine Baltazar and Evan Nelle, is expected to deliver again for the Green Archers against National University on Tuesday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

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