UP on UAAP 82 Finals: 'It wasn't meant to be'

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 13, 2019 10:00 PM

(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Renzo Subido's shot energized University of Sto. Tomas to the Finals of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Right after that big shot, however, the University of the Philippines had the perfect play to retake the lead.

Only, Kobe Paras bobbled the ball after getting a good look from the right corner.

Still, he was able to recover in time to throw a lob to Javi Gomez de Liano.

Unfortunately, with a good look of his own, Javi GDL's shot was too strong.

And so, when the final buzzer sounded, the Growling Tigers had gotten the better of the Fighting Maroons.

During "UP Naming Mahal" the fourth-year forward had tears in his eyes - apparently still stinging from that miss. "It was a really close shot. I should've made it," he said.

He then continued, "Maybe it wasn't meant to be. Maybe we weren't meant to be in the Finals this year."

Javi GDL then furthered that it looked like he rushed his attempt. "Pinasa sakin, tumalon agad ako. Minadali ko ata. I'll learn from it. These things make us stronger," he said.

Even so, just down three in the dying moments, State U still had a shot, but James Spencer's triple try was way off.

"Supposedly, it was Kobe's dapat, but nabasa nila and James got open," head coach Bo Perasol shared. "Bad breaks. It wasn't meant to be."

In the end, though, coach Bo said he has no doubt his boys gave it their all - and that in itself is something the Diliman community has to be proud of. "I think that we had disappointed a lot in our community by not being in the Finals, but we have to move forward how we can bring this team back to the Finals," he said.

He then continued, "We were just one win away this year, but we played against a very tough team in UST."


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