Jonathan Grey (CSB): Moving past heartbreak
Tricia Robredo on May 22, 2015 07:40 AM
“Lesson learned. Wala dapat papagod-pagod, wala dapat susuko. Di naman iaabot sa amin basta basta ang gusto. This time talaga, susubukan na naming ilaban hanggang sa huli.” --- Jonathan Grey
After scoring one over Season 77 UAAP first runners-up in the Filoil tournament, the NCAA’s College of Saint Benilde added one more feather to their hat. While several people weigh in on their thoughts about the game upon seeing Coach Nash Racela tweak the Tamaraws’ rotation, Blazer Jonathan Grey shares how delighted he still is with his squad’s performance. “Siyempre masaya naman kami na we managed to pull through. A win is a win after all, and it’s a win against a powerhouse team like FEU. Finalists pa rin naman sila last year.”
It was both morale boosting and inspiring for the CSB Blazers, and they will need more of these moments as they prepare for the upcoming NCAA season after a very painful exit last year (CSB finished 5th at 11 -7, a game behind JRU and UPHSD). Towards the end of Season 90, Benilde was one of the teams in contention for the last slot for the league’s semifinals. But unfortunately, they fell short. Jonathan recalls how difficult it was going up against the tough and experienced JRU Heavy Bombers that were just as eager as they were; but he also shares that what was most difficult was accepting that they missed the Final Four bus when all of them knew deep down that they were actually very capable of making it. “At nakakasayang yung pagkakataon. Lalo na dahil hindi pa naman nakakaabot ang CSB sa Final Four. We would’ve been the first in a long while.”
However, in retrospect, Grey believes that the whole experience was not ‘sayang’ overall and that it has served its purpose. As a team, the Blazers realized that there is no room for faint hearts and for giving up, especially in a competitive league like the NCAA. “Lesson learned. Wala dapat papagod-pagod, wala dapat susuko. Di naman iaabot sa amin basta basta ang gusto. This time talaga, susubukan na naming ilaban hanggang sa huli,” Jonathan said, in behalf of the green shirts.
As an individual player, the senior baller feels that he has matured after having gone through all of last season’s challenges and pains. And he couldn’t overemphasize how necessary this growth was for him, now that he’s one of the veterans expected to lead the team and now that he’s playing on his final year. “I want to be able to graduate with no regrets, knowing that I’ve done all I could and that I’ve given all I have for the team and for the school.”ÂÂ
Asked how he feels about being perceived as the face of the Blazers, Jonathan Grey shied away from the comment and said that while he undoubtedly carries an amount of responsibility, he’s still a part of the team just like everyone else. “At sa team, wala namang mas nakataas, walang mas mababa. Hindi naman ito tungkol sa akin, hindi naman ako kung hindi ang buong CSB team.” And they all vow to will to make that great comeback in a new chapter that is Season 91.ÂÂ