Nimes, Oraeme cherishing Mapua’s best season in years

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2015 08:08 PM
Nimes, Oraeme cherishing Mapua’s best season in years
OVERACHIEVERS. Nobody expected Mapua to contend this season, but they gave eventual Finalist Letran all they could handle during their Final Four meeting.

The dream run of Mapua Institute of Technology in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament has come to an end courtesy of their Intramuros rivals.

Still, the Cardinals are feeling so much pride from what they have accomplished. Just having played in his final collegiate contest, team captain Josan Nimes said, “We’re disappointed we couldn’t make it into the championship, but we’re still thankful and fortunate we made it this far.”

MVP frontrunner Allwell Oraeme echoed his teammate’s sentiment as he said, “Coming from last year, nobody expected us to be here. It was a good run.”

The eliminating loss did not seem to sting Mapua too bad, especially after they had to wait five long years. Even more than that, the Cardinals trudged through last-place finishes in the last two seasons.

Returning to the Final Four felt so good that Nimes even said it was so much more fulfilling that the Rookie of the Year recognition he received in 2011. “In my Rookie of the Year season, we didn’t get into the Final Four. When you win Rookie of the Year, only you get the praise. When you go Final Four, everybody’s happy, everybody’s feeling good,” he said.

He also said, “This, by far, is better than my rookie year.”

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