5’4 Baby Tam on his motivation: ‘Minamaliit kami sa may amin’
ALL-HEART. Jun Gabane was making plays when no other Baby Tamaraw couldn't - and no Bullpup was able to stop him, or even slow him down.
Far Eastern University-Diliman was being outplayed by Nazareth School of National University for three quarters last Friday.
That is until, from out of nowhere, five-foot-four Jun Gabane made his presence felt.
Grabbing rebounds, getting steals, taking shots, and just making plays, the pint-sized pointman woke up the Baby Tamaraws. In all, he pumped in seven points to will his team back into the game in the third quarter.
Of course, it was the littlest guy who had the biggest chip on his shoulder.
And of course, he was doing all of it with his family on his mind. “Inspirasyon ko yung family ko kaya ‘di ko na naiisip na maliit ako,” he expressed.
He then continued, “Mahirap lang kasi kami tapos minamaliit lang kami ng ibang tao. Sila yung naging inspirasyon ko para umangat kami.”
Along with his family, Gabane was also doing it for the school that took a chance on him – an undersized guard who is unlikely to grow taller, being 18-years-old already. “Nakakalaban ko lang ang FEU dati nung nasa (ibang high school) pa ako. Na-scout nila ako tapos sabi ko, okay ‘tong opportunity na ‘to,” he shared.
He then continued, “Tapos, yun na. Malaki talaga pasasalamat ng pamilya ko sa FEU.”
With a championship and an inspirational performance in the title-clinching win, the diminutive player is only more confident he can further progress in his career. Asked if he has his sights set on the collegiate ranks, he answered, “Kaya po yun. Yun naman kasi ang pangarap ng lahat.”
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