Anton Asistio motivated to play in star-studded Zamboanga in MPBL: ‘It forces you to play your best’

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BACOOR — Slowly but surely, Anton Asistio is beginning to regain his shooting rhythm with his new team, Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines.

On Thursday night, he played his best game as a member of the Zamboanga squad, which is now starting to build a winning run in the MPBL Lakan Season.

Zamboanga blasted Pampanga, 73-59, behind the steady game of Asistio and plenty of help from its star-studded line-up.

The former Ateneo stalwart knocked in 17 points, including three triples and he’s now beginning to get his confidence back since getting acquired by his new team from trade with Bataan.

Asistio is one of the new star players recruited by Zamboanga, which is now putting up a formidable team ahead of the playoffs.

For Asistio, having a star-studded line up has its upside.

“I think I fit in perfectly. Basketball is a competition, so maganda yung fact na star-studded kasi it forces you to play your best every time, kahit sa practice, sa shooting and every game. So, it’s good because it challenges you to do well,” Asistio told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview.

Unlike other squads where star players were running at odds with one another, Asistio believes everything is cool among the marquee players of the Universal Canning Inc-owned franchise.

“We push each other to become better, not to drag each other down,” he added.

Asistio will have to compete with minutes along with the other talented guards, including fellow newcomer Aaron Black, who was recruited by the squad also in a trade recently, and holdovers like Raphy Reyes, Robin Roño and RJ Agramino among others.

But Asistio was able to shine in his new team’s latest win, the third straight pick up by Zamboanga, which now improved its win-loss record to 11-8 and kept its hold of the sixth spot in the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

“All credit to my teammates and my coaches. Tinututukan nila talaga ako, sa plays, sa defenses. At the same time, binibigyan nila ako ng kumpiyansa. Kasi shooting guard ako,” added Asistio.

But this early, Asistio is now beginning to learn to become a multi-dimensional player as he prepares for the future.

“Now, binibigyan nila ako ng chance na maglaro ng point guard to get my self ready if ever umakyat ako sa PBA,” added Asistio.