#SquadGoals: The fulltime-Lyceum Pirates, part-time homebodies

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 04, 2016 10:46 PM
#SquadGoals: The fulltime-Pirates, part-time homebodies
They like to call themselves ‘wholesome’—resorting to cooking and watching the NBA together as the only things they do best at the dorm! (Photo Rxandy Capinpin for Chalk Magazine)

Ranking ninth last season, the Lyceum Pirates are hoping to redeem themselves in the current one. Which, at 3-5 despite a good start, they seem to be struggling with at least for now. It’s a nothing-to-lose battle for the Intramuros squad anyway, training four hours every morning and sometimes extending up to two more sessions for the day.

“Di namin afford magpahinga. Kailangan we have to work hard kasi marami pa kaming kailangang habulin. Di kasi masyado maganda ang ipinakita namin last season, so kailangan namin mag-jell as a team and maging buo pa,” Shaq Alanes confesses about the Topex Robinson-coached team.

Speaking of teamwork, they are also working hard to maintain it if not boost it. Even the cut off Dexter Zamora likes to call themselves “brothers… Kasi mas madalas ko pa sila nakakasama kaysa sa mga kapatid ko kasi 24/7 magkasama kami sa dorm. ‘Yung bonding naming para na kaming magkakapatid.”

The Pirates have gone to Boracay, Bohol, and Tagaytay as part of their team building, but the realest kind of bonding really happens at the dorm, they insist. Read on to find out how else they keep their bromance sailing.

How do you guys unwind?
Shaq Alanes: Kapag hindi kami lumalabas at nandoon lang kami sa dorm, nagluluto kami ng pagkain o kaya manonood ng movie sa dorm and noon ng NBA.
Greeco Magbuhos: Kulitan after practice saka sa dorm nga kasi lagi kaming magkakasama doon kaya yun lang ang gagawin namin, manood ng TV at internet.

How are you at the dorm?
SA: Bonding namin sa dorm ang maglaba nang sabay-sabay at magluto. Si Dex dati magaling ‘yan magluto, masarap yan magluto ng tinola. Nauubos ‘yun!

How do you guys deal with fights inside the team?
SA: Kapag nagkakatampuhan, mabilis namang naayos sa amin yun kasi mas naging open na kami sa isa’t isa ngayon, eh. Sinasabi na namin kung ano ang mali ng bawat isa, hindi na namin itinatago yun na sa ibang tao pa namin sinasabi. Sinasabi na namin right away kapag may nagkamali para hindi na tumagal at maayos na kaagad ang problema.

How do you deal with crushing on one girl?

SA: Ha ha! Wala, walang ganoon. Lokohan lang siguro na, ‘Crush ko yan, crush din ni ganito yan.’ Pero hindi naman sa point na magkakaaway pa.
GM: Walang talu-talo sa amin.

Who’s the team’s crush?
Everyone: Si Arci Muñoz!
SA: Sarap, eh. Ha ha! Sexy eh, ang yummy!
GM: Sana makita namin siya sa NCAA. Yun talagang magpapa-picture kami sa kanya.

What’s the wildest stuff you have done together?
SA: Wala naman akong pinaka-wild. Halos pare-pareho lang kasi makulit ako. Lahat ginagawa kong kakulitan. Siguro sayaw lang ako ng sayaw sa practice ganun.
GM: Wala rin akong maisip. Good boy ako, eh!

What’s the team’s common hilig?
SA: Shoes—iba-ibang brand ang kinokolekta namin. Parang kapag mayroon na yung isa iba namang brand ang bibilhin ng isa.

Who’s the team heartthrob?
GM: Si Shaq, Kuya Jericho Rosales namin yan, eh!

Who’s the team fashionista?
SA: Si Greeco.

Who’s the team nerd?
SA: Grecco—hindi bumabagsak ‘yan!

—Interview by Mark Escarlote

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