PENANG – With proper discipline and focus, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac believes newly-acquired rookie Roi Sumang can develop into one of the PBA’s “premiere point guards”.
Isaac noted that the 5-foot-7 Sumang may be short in size, but his guts and quickness are just some of the intangibles that can help him develop into a top player in the pro league in the future.
“Nasa sa kanya (Sumang) iyun because it will all depend on him on how responds to the situation but he has the chance of developing into a premiere point guard in the league,” Isaac said of the former University of the East playmaker.
The Blackwater mentor said he was surprised to see Sumang blossom in the Elite’s title run in the 2016 Penang Chief Minister Cup after averaging all-around numbers of 4.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.25 assists and 2.75 steals in less than 20 minutes of action.
The pint-sized guard got the much-needed exposure in this beautiful Malaysia state with veteran playmaker Mike Cortez still recovering from a minor right knee surgery last April.
Sumang’s best game came against tournament-favorite Zhejiang Chouzhou Commercial Bank-China on Sunday.
Though hounded by Chinese defenders who easily enjoy 6 inches in height advantage, Sumang used his speed to outpace them.
In the end, he flirted with a double-double of 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, including the game-winning triple to lift Blackwater to a 77-75 win against Zhejiang Chouzhou.
Isaac hopes Sumang won’t rest of his laurels in Penang.
“Here at Blackwater, we don’t play favorites because we reward players on how they work hard during practice and games so Di porket si ganitong player ka, eh you’re guaranteed a spot,” he said. “Of course, you have to earn your spot in the team.” – By Richard Dy
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