Big man Jan Macasaet thankful for new lease on life with UST

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He might have looked like a bright spot in UST’s opening-day loss, but Jan Macasaet is unhappy with the way things turned out for the Growling Tigers against Ateneo. 

Coming back after a string of injuries, Macasaet was a ball of energy in the paint and finished with career-highs of 12 points and 9 rebounds.

He was a picture of discontent, however, post-game.

“Para sa akin kulang pa rin,” he said. “Gusto kong dagdagan yung ginawa ko kanina tamad kami kanina. Pinaulanan kami ng 3 points di kami nakapag-adjust.”

Macasaet’s return, though, was a positive chapter in what has otherwise been a hard-luck collegiate career with the Espana side.

“First year ACL, second year bago mag-umpisa injured din, tapos third year kaya di ako naline-up kasi nadisgrasya ko sa pagwe-weights so parang naiisip ko na tuwing UAAP na lang naiinjury ako,” he related.

But through perseverance, the 6-foot-5 forward made his way back to UST’s roster and may be one of their primary scorers in the shaded lane in the post-Karim Abdul era.

“Lagi ko lang iniisip sa sarili ko na dadating yung time ko magsipag lang, extra practice lagi,” he shared. “Iniisip ko na tutulungan ako ni God na makadating sa point na magagamit din ako. Ito na nga yung time na yun.”

Macasaet has also expressed his thanks to head coach Boy Sablan, whom he considers the “instrument of God’ for his resurgence.

“Thankful kami kay coach Boy sa kumpyansa na binibigay nya ngayon from bench player to ginagamit na kami,” he added. “Masaya kami, magpupursige kami, papahalagahan namin yung opportunity na binigay sa amin.” — By John Chester Fajardo