Ex-Maroon Andrew Harris' new fight? SEA Games handball

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 10, 2019 08:20 PM
Ex-Maroon Andrew Harris' new fight? SEA Games handball
Andrew Harris is no stranger to reppin' the Philippines

SUBIC - Andrew Harris yet again has "Philippines" on his jersey.

Only this time, there isn't any "University of" with it.

Harris is one of the top guns for the Filipinos in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games men's beach handball and of course, he is nothing but proud to wear the flag. "I'm grateful to represent the country again. I got to represent the Philippines back in UP when we competed in the BLIA Cup," he said, talking about the 2014 and 2015 Buddha's Light International Academy Cup that had the Fighting Maroons trying to find out what they were made of.

He then continued, "It's not something new to me, but it's a great honor to be given a chance to represent the country."

Fast forward four years and now, the Filipino-American is only using anything and everything he had learned in his stint in State U for Philippine handball. "There are some things in basketball that can be translated in handball like chemistry and working with your teammates. As the captain, I was able to bring leadership to the team cause we're all relatively young," he said.

And to think that in the beginning, Harris wasn't even interested in the sport. "Coach Joanna Franquelli is a faculty member in UP. She was recruiting me since 2017 and then, I told her no because I was still playing for UP at that time," he shared.

He then continued, "Earlier this year, she emailed me out of nowhere and I said I'll give it a try. I'm done playing basketball, I'm done with my masters so I'll give it a try."

One thing hasn't changed, however, the 6-foot-4, 26-year-old will always and always go all-out for his team - and that is even truer now in the regional meet. "I think we're doing pretty good here. I'd love to get gold, but whatever we do, as long as we put out 100 percent, at least we'll know we represented the country well," he said.

With one game to go, the Philippines still has a fighting chance at the gold.

To do so, however, they will have to take care of business up against Thailand and then hope that Indonesia upsets undefeated Vietnam. "We just wanna go into that with a lot of fire and a full head of steam," he said.

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