Pipilitin ko ng makuha this time -- John Vic De Guzman

Mark Escarlote on Feb 03, 2017 06:51 PM
Pipilitin ko ng makuha this time -- John Vic De Guzman
Hindi ako papayag na di makuha ang championship --- College of St. Benilde's John Vic De Guzman

Playing in his last year for the College of St. Benilde, John Vic De Guzman is determined to exit with a winning legacy and mark a historic feat.

De Guzman and the Blazers are now only a step away from capturing the crown that eluded the Taft-based squad since joining the NCAA in 1998.       

“Pipilitin ko ng makuha ito this time, since ito na ang last playing year ko,” the bold statement of De Guzman.  “Hindi ako papayag na di makuha ang championship.”

CSB drew first blood Friday in the 92nd NCAA men’s volleyball best-of-three Finals series Game 1 against the reigning champions Perpetual Help Altas, 25-17, 26-24, 25-17, at The Arena in San Juan.

With fire burning in his eyes, De Guzman was a man possessed during the one-hour, 25-minute match.

He scattered a game-high 19 points highlighted by 16 kills and a pair of aces he nailed in the second set that helped the Blazers steal the frame on their way to a surprising sweep.          

De Guzman’s heroics came in the second frame with CSB down 22-24.

The Blazers saved a point in the next play followed by an ace by De Guzman to tie the set, 24-all. The Altas committed an error to give the lead to the Blazers before De Guzman landed an ace to steal the set.

“Sa akin dun talaga nagkatalo kung sino mas mentally prepared, kung sino ang may mas matibay kung paano mag-isip dun mo masususbukan ang tibay ng puso,” he said. “Ako ang inisip ko lang lahat ng sakripisyo naming, lahat ng luha before kami tumuntong sa championship yun lang ang inisip ko. Yun ang nag-motivate sa akin. So ang nasa isip ko hindi sila makakaisa ngayong araw na ito.

CSB, which is riding on the crest of 11 straight victories since dropping a three-set match to Perpetual in the elims opener, can close the series on Tuesday.

The Blazers are in the same position two years ago in the Finals against the Emilio Aguinaldo College, winning the series opener before dropping the next in a painful defeat to the Generals. 

But head coach Arnold Laniog is confident that it won’t happen again with De Guzman playing at this level.

“Sabi nga niya ilang taon na siyang naglalaro sa Benilde puro nadadala lang niya sa Top Four. Dalawang beses kaming nag-no. 3 and then nu’ng two years ago nga sa Finals na hindi namin nakuha,” he said. “’Yung level ng thinking ni John Vic that time ibang-ibang sa ngayon na sobrang beterano.”





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