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Rookie of the Year Melecio willingly takes on more responsibility for La Salle

MANILA, Philippines – After winning Rookie of the Year honors in UAAP Season 79, De La Salle University guard Aljun Melecio is only too willing to take on a bigger role for the Green Archers this year.

On Sunday, he showed that he was ready for that responsibility by leading the undermanned Green Archers to an impressive 95-90 victory over Far Eastern University (FEU) in their first game of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament.

Aljun Melecio scored 29 points to lead La Salle past FEU. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports
He had his best scoring game of his collegiate career, netting 29 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Melecio had 20 points in the first half alone as La Salle built a huge lead, then knocked down four clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Green Archers preserve the win.

"Siguro, compared to last year, mas malaki na talaga ang responsibility ko," said Melecio, whose high-scoring exploits in La Salle-Zobel led him to win Juniors MVP honors in UAAP Season 78.

"Starting point guard na ako sa team, so gusto ko lang ma-lead 'yung team," he added.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/10/17/rookie-of-the-year-melecio-willingly-takes-on-more-responsibility-for-la-salle

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