“I’m happy that coach put me back in the rotation,” said Adamson Soaring Falcons shooting guard Jonathan Espeleta after their victory against the National University Bulldogs.
In the win, the 6-foot-1 shooting guard made the most out of his return to his regular minutes as he started for the team and tallied 13 points via three three-pointers to go along with two assists in 22 minutes of playing time. He was especially pivotal in the second quarter where a buzzer-beating three-pointer from him pushed the Falcons lead to 11 points at halftime.
“I was just able to make shots,” said Espeleta. “Because they weren’t really keying on me so I just had to step up and make those shots, those wide open shots.”
All of this came after the Maryland product barely played in the Falcons’ first three games due to an injury sustained before the season began.
“I had a hip injury,” he said. “Three weeks before the season.”
In Adamson’s first game of the season against Ateneo, Espeleta never saw the floor. He would have his season debut in the following game against UST but played only 11 minutes then played only six minutes against the La Salle until getting his breakout game of the season.
“I just had to work hard in practice so I could get back in the rotation so I’m happy that coach put me back in the rotation.”