Dela Cruz struggling to deal with loss of Amer
Tricia Robredo on Jul 21, 2015 09:53 PM
“Since high school, kami na magkasama niyan. Day by day, every practice, sa lahat ng class magkasama kami. Kaming dalawa talaga. Kaya masakit na wala siya. Pinakamasakit doon last year na namin itong laro together para sa Beda.” --- Art Dela Cruz
As the popular saying goes, moving on is hard to do.
Days after their rivalry match against the Letran Knights, the San Beda Red Lions are still struggling to accept that day’s unfortunate turn of events. It was relatively easier getting over the loss itself because, according to Art Dela Cruz, “matanda na rin naman kami para malaman yung mga mali namin”. The senior also gave credit to their opponents, who he described to have improved leaps and bounds from the last time they’ve played them.
What they can’t seem to come to terms with, however, is comrade Baser Amer’s possible season-ending shoulder injury. The rest of the defending champions could only imagine how tough it must be for their graduating captain ball, but Art shares that they too share in the pain.
“Malaking bagay na wala si Baser. Kapitan namin yan eh. Ngayon di siya nagpapakita sa practice, minsan lang nagpapakita sa school, at halos di nakakasagot sa tawag o text. In pain talaga siya at nararamdaman naming mahirap ang situation niya. Kaya pati kami nasasaktan.”
Dela Cruz shared that he’s particularly taking all these hard as well, having lost the Tweedledum to his Tweedledee both inside the court and out. “Since high school, kami na magkasama niyan. Day by day, every practice, sa lahat ng class magkasama kami. Kaming dalawa talaga. Kaya masakit na wala siya. Pinakamasakit doon last year na namin itong laro together para sa Beda.”
Pero ganun talaga. This is what Art told his teammates in the dugout after their first loss of the season and what he would have to constantly remind his boys in the days to come. “Hindi pa namin tanggap na wala si Baser. Pero sana naman maka-recover kami soon enough. Mahirap talaga pero nandito pa naman kami. 14 pa rin na pwedeng makapaglaro.”
Despite being deeply affected by the circumstance, Art Dela Cruz knows that he has to rise above his emotions, being one of the remaining seniors expected to take over the leadership position. “Kailangan ko ipakita na matapang ako, lalo na sa mga rookies na mataas yung tingin sa amin.”
Although still hopeful for Amer’s return, the Red Lions are adjusting as much, as fast and as best as they could. No one is excluded from the hustle as Coach Jamike Jarin is starting to maximize his 14-man rotation.
With their backs against the wall, Art believes that a crucial element to their six-peat campaign is the second group, which thankfully delivered in today’s game. “Kailangan nila magkaroon ng kumpyansa. At kailangan namin lahat maniwala na kaya naming bumounce back.”