1-17 Blazers unashamed of feeling like champions

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2016 07:08 PM
1-17 Blazers unashamed of feeling like champions
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Gabby Velasco and Yankie Haruna are nothing but proud to admit that they are on cloud nine.

Last Tuesday, College of St. Benilde lost their 17th in a row in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament – giving them the league record for most losses in a single season.

Three days later, the Blazers were in danger of having another dishonorable mention, but just narrowly evaded it. They mounted a rumbling rally in the last two minutes past Lyceum of the Philippines University and all the way to their long-awaited, much-wanted win number one.

Mincing no words in expressing his emotions, coach Gabby Velasco said right after he entered the press room for the first time in the tournament, “This is a very emotional win for us, not only for me, but for everybody as well.”

He then continued, beaming from the latest win that allowed them to dodge what-would-have-been the first-ever winless season, “We’ve been waiting for this day to come.”

Yankie Haruna could only agree. “I was emotional too. I even teared up,” he said.

He also added, “It was because we had to give everything. We did not want to end the season winless.”

It all meant so much more for the 22-year-old who not only registered his maiden win for the season, but for his NCAA career. As he put it, “It feels amazing. It feels like winning a championship.”

Indeed, the CSB mentor said that they have no shame in admitting that although their record shows 1-17, they feel like they are the champions. “Kahit isang panalo, feeling namin champion kami. Malaking boost ito sa morale ng team looking forward to the future,” he said.

He then continued, “Yun ang objective namin today, anything positive to gain.”

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