Ron Dennison has had quite the career in the UAAP.
With one championship to go along with five playoff appearances, he has been the constant in Far Eastern University’s consistent contention in recent memory.
And in his fifth and final year, the now 23-year-old has posted his best individual numbers with per game counts of 11.6 points in 46.9 percent shooting to go along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals.
Still, Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum could have been his last game in the UAAP as the fourth-seeded Tamaraws had a tall task in front of them – down erstwhile league-leading and twice-to-beat Ateneo de Manila University to remain in the running.
For Dennison, the goal for his last game is plain and simple. “Sa akin, yung pagpunta ko pa lang dito sa game, ang mindset ko ay itong larong ito ay para sa pamilya ko,” he said.
Indeed, the recruit from Cebu was only going to continue showcasing his skills so that he could also continue giving his family a brighter future.
Still, he said that he wanted to keep wearing the green and gold just a little longer. As he put it, “Ayoko matapos yung UAAP career ko na talo kami. Gusto ko pa maglaro sa Finals.”
And so, even during practices, Dennison urged his teammates to step up so that all of them would breathe more life into their campaign. “Sa practices namin last week, kinausap ko silang dapat ibigay na namin lahat. Yung takot namin, iniwanan na namin sa practice at puro lakas nang loob ang dinala namin sa game,” he shared.
That much was evident as all of FEU just seemed more determined than the Blue Eagles in their matchup. “Buong game, sinasabi kong tulungan nila ako kasi ‘di ko rin naman kaya mag-isa,” he said.
Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani were only more than willing to heed the call of their floor leader with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Another graduating player, big man Prince Orizu, also made his presence felt with 10 points and five rebounds while energy guy Richard Escoto made an impact as well with nine markers and seven boards.
And in the end, the Tamaraws downed Ateneo, 80-67.
And in the end, Ron Dennison will have one more game, at the very least, to play in the UAAP.
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