Fran Yu: 'Gusto namin patunayang 'di kami nakatsamba'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 08, 2020 02:45 PM
Fran Yu: 'Gusto namin patunayang 'di kami nakatsamba'
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Colegio de San Juan de Letran was always a legitimate contender in NCAA 95.

After San Beda University won each and every one of its elimination round games, however, few, if any, gave the Knights a chance to win it all.

The Red Lions, of course, were already awaiting in the championship round while their archrivals had to go through San Sebastian College-Recoletos and then Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Letran did just that, though, and took care of business against RK Ilagan and the Golden Stags and then took down the Marcelino twins and the Pirates.

Still, San Beda was marching towards history, two more consecutive victories away from the biggest season sweep in the Grand Old League.

Only, the Knights put an end to that in Game 1, shocking the world with a 65-64 decision.

In the end, Letran shocked the world even more, dethroning its fiercest foe and winning it all.

Now, the boys from Intramuros are far from satisfied. "Ngayon, gusto pa rin naming mapatunayang kaya talaga naming makipagsabayan. Kasi nga, diba all-Filipino kami tapos yung nakalaban namin, hindi," Fran Yu said in last Friday's The Prospects Pod.

He then continued, "Gusto namin patunayang 'di kami nakatsamba. May gusto pa kaming i-prove."

Indeed, the Knights will be out to prove their title was no fluke, but will have to do so sans Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiller.

Fortunately for them, Yu is nothing but ready and raring to take on a bigger burden. As he put it, "Kapag point guard, kailangan mong mag-lead, kailangan mong mag-assist para buong team yung tumatakbo."

He then continued, "Yung pagiging leader ko, galing kay Toto [Calvo], kay Bong [Quinto], tapos kay Jerrick [Balanza] at Bonbon [Batiller], ayun lahat sila nasa PBA na, so parang gagayahin ko na lang kung paano yung pag-lead nila sa amin."

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