Nieto twins one up dad Jet with PBA D-League championship

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 01, 2019 05:33 PM
Nieto twins one up dad Jet with PBA D-League championship
Nieto twins Mike and Matt remain in hot pursuit of dad Jet's legacy in Ateneo

Right after Ateneo de Manila University won back-to-back championships last season in the UAAP, Mike and Matt Nieto revealed that their fifth and final year would be very personal.

“We have one more year and pwede na namin lampasan si daddy. We don’t want to end our (collegiate) career na natalo kami so extra motivation na mas galingan namin next year,” Matt said then.

The younger of the twins was referring to dad Jet who won one championship in his time as a Blue Eaglet before winning back-to-back as a Blue Eagle.

And so, the twins want nothing more than to be the winningest Nietos - alongside keeping the crown in Katipunan, of course.

“Gusto talaga namin siyang talunin e. Tie lang kasi namin siya sa high school.” Mike said, for his part. “Ngayon, tie na namin siya sa college so wala na siyang ipagyayabang. Hopefully, ang gusto talaga namin is talunin siya ang mag-three-peat next year.”

That remains the goal for the twins, but in the meantime, they earned something their dad never did.

In the recently concluded 2019 PBA D-League, Matt and Mike were, of course, key cogs in the Blue Eagles flight to the mountaintop.

Only dropping two games through the tournament, the kings of the UAAP also took their place as kings of the developmental league.

And for the brothers, that 2019 PBA D-League title is something they could tell dad Jet how it tasted like without the latter already knowing about it.

Asked how it felt to  win something the Nieto patriarch was unable to, Matt said with a laugh, "Ang sarap!"

Turning serious, however, Ateneo's steady hand at point guard said that all of this, their developmental league experience and championship, was actually for their dad. "Happy kami because we're living the dream of dad. Siyempre, wala pa namang PBA D-League nung time niya so 'di siya nakalaro rito," he shared.

He then continued, "Ngayon, ine-experience namin para na rin sa kanya. This is also for dad."

All in all, though, yet another championship is, of course, something to celebrate for Matt. "Ang sarap ng championship kasi, siyempre lahat ng pinaghirapan namin, nag-pay off na naman," he said.

Still, he made it clear that he and the Blue Eagles have their sights set on their try for a three-peat. As he put it, "This is just the preparation para dun sa goal namin talaga."


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