No regrets for CSB center Fajarito despite missing out on FEU’s title

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 17, 2016 04:49 PM
No regrets for CSB center despite missing out on FEU’s title
HOLDING OUT HOPE. Christian Fajarito believes he can have the kind of success his former teammates Brandrey Bienes and Wendell Comboy of FEU and Marvin Lee of UST have already achieved.

Of Far Eastern University-Diliman’s four pillars a couple of years ago, two are already UAAP champions while another one has already been to the UAAP Finals.

The last, and technically, least of those Baby Tamaraws, on the other hand, suffered through a 5-13 campaign in his first season away from Diliman.

Brandrey Bienes and Wendell Comboy, now Tamaraws, won a UAAP championship at the expense of former teammate and now University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tiger Marvin Lee.

Far away from that promised land is Christian Fajarito who decided to go another shade of green in College of St. Benilde. Asked if he had any regrets – especially because he was a better prospect than either Bienes or Comboy – about not becoming a Tamaraw, he answered, “Hindi naman. Ginusto ko ‘to e.”

Nonetheless, the six-foot six-inch tower expressed how proud he was of his former brothers. “Masaya akong nanalo sila kasi tatak pa rin akong FEU,” he said.

Don’t get the second-year center wrong, however, as he has no problems whatsoever about where he is now. Indeed, his reasoning is quite clear as he explained, “Nandito ako sa CSB kasi pinag-isipan ko na dapat may aral para kung may mangyari man, may second option ako.”

He then continued, “Tapos si coach Gabby, kababayan (Ilonggo) ni papa.”

Coach Gabby Velasco isn’t one to coddle one of his recruitment wins, however, expressing several times that the Blazers are looking for nothing but big things from Fajarito. “He’s one of the main men now and we expect a lot from him. We need somebody to carry the team, not necessarily in scoring, but in terms of leadership,” he said.

He then continued, “We hope Christian lives up to expectations.”

So far in his sophomore season, the former FEU-Diliman standout has shown that he won’t be letting his coach down. Transitioning seamlessly into the starting slot at center, Velasco said of him, “Right now, the good news is there’s a big difference from last year to today.”

For his part, the Blazers’ man in the middle said he is prepared for carry on a heavier load for his team. “Handa naman ako kasi ako na yung may experience. Ako na yung kailangang magturo sa mga bago kong kasama,” he said.

Don’t expect Fajarito to go at it alone, however, because right there with him is JJ Domingo, another Baby Tamaraw. “Hindi ko naman kaya mag-isa, pero gagawin ko lang yung maitutulong ko sa team. Hindi ko iniisip na yung mga ganun – gusto ko lang maglaro, gusto ko lang manalo,” he said.


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