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Hugnatan steps up big in De Ocampo’s absence

Ranidel de Ocampo went down with a calf injury in the first four minutes of Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals and did not return.

But with the way backup forward Reynel Hugnatan filled in the gap, it was as if de Ocampo never left.

Reynel Hugnatan. Photo: TiebreakerTimes
Hugnatan exploded for 22 points, hitting seven triples in close to 39 minutes of play—numbers that de Ocampo is capable of putting up.

“The game becomes a lot easier when you can make shots. Today we did a much better job at making our perimeter shots and a lot of credit goes to Reynel Hugnatan, who stepped up and made a lot of threes for us today,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.

The 38-year-old Hugnatan hadn’t been playing as much since the arrival of de Ocampo following a three-team trade this conference.

Author: Mark Giongco, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/269105/hugnatan-steps-big-de-ocampos-absence

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