PBA legends Marlou “The Skyscraper” Aquino and Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio have reason to be blissful these days: a lot of maturity on National University Bulldogs center Matthew Aquino.
Marlou’s son has not been given a fair shake by some observers as they assess this comebacking UAAP bigman with a father-and-son comparison.
It doesn’t come as a surprise, however, for Matthew, who is now dedicated to fulfilling others’ dreams and dreaming bigger for his own career.
How lucky is he by the way?
Patrimonio is his special trainor. The elder Aquino is his No. 1 fan.
So to Matthew’s mind, it’s but natural to be asked if he’s better and faster than his father.
UAAP fans, it’s game time…
Game Matthew is.
THE SKYSCRAPER’S FOOTSTEPS
Marlou played for the Adamson Falcons in the early 90’s, earning cups after cups for the home of the Falcons in San Marcelino, including the 1st runner-up trophy in the UAAP. He was a four-time MVP of the defunct Philippine Basketball League before joining the pro with popular playing coach Robert Jaworski and crowd favorite Ginebra/Gordon’s Gin.
For sure, following those footsteps is a tall order for Matthew. It’s good to note, though, that the younger Aquino is now under a cohesive team of champion coach Eric Altamirano, and he can actually help NU bag a UAAP title they last won in 2014.
“I can say that what I have accomplished is a mere 20% of what Dad had during his early years of his basketball career,” the elder Aquino told Mega Scene. “But I’m happy because my NU family and Sir Alvin said they are satisfied with my UAAP preparations. I’m not satisfied with all this, however, for I know there’s room for improvement that I should work on.”
Matthew, now 6-foot-9, particularly wanted to be trained hard on Patrimonio’s “face-up game”, rather than the “back-down” one.
Oh, can he be the next Troy Rosario? DCA