"Never give up" -- Patrimonio to Mapua Cardinals

Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2015 04:16 PM
Basta they should never, never give up. Yun lang ang attitude na masi-share ko sa younger basketball players --- Mapua alumnus Alvin Patrimonio

Season-host Mapua Cardinals may have been tossed early to the lions’ den, losing to the mighty five-time champion San Beda Saturday to start their campaign in the 91st NCAA senior’s basketball tournament.

The Red Lions smashed the Cardinals, 102-89, putting Mapua as first on their expected long list of victims.

Mapua did give the Mendiola-based squad a hell of a fight before fizzling out in the end.          

But if the team is looking for inspiration to get a bounce back, the boys of coach Atoy Co need not to look far.

More than three decades ago the then lanky player that will become one of the PBA’s greatest and his Mapua squad were nothing but doormats to dominant teams that includes Letran and San Sebastian.              

Alvin Patrimonio, who played for Mapua from 1983-86 shared that he took a rough road with the Cardinals losing all his games in the first two years.

“Para kaming nag-champion noon kasi we were 0-16 tapos dun sa 17th game namin nanalo na kami. Sobrang saya nu’n,” the 48-year-old four-time PBA Most Valuable Player Patrimonio related.

Patrimonio failed to lead Mapua to a championship but he cherished their journey of being the whipping boys to Final Four contenders.

“Noong nandoon ako hindi ko rin napag-champion ang Mapua. Ang Final Four lang ang highest. Kaya yun ang challenge ko sa mga players ngayon,” said the 1985-86 NCAA MVP.

He said that the new generation of Cardinals are capable of reaching their goals. They just need to believe and not let a single setback put their morale down.

“Basta they should never, never give up. Yun lang ang attitude na masi-share ko sa younger basketball players,” he said.

Before the start of the season, Patrimonio invited Mapua to a dinner to share his stories and inspire them to give something back to their school.













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