Don't count out Kevin Ferrer and his UST Growling Tigers just yet
Paul Lintag on Aug 07, 2015 12:02 PM
"Ilang years na ako naglalaro sa UAAP, syempre gusto ko din ma-experience na mag-champion talaga." - Kevin Ferrer.
Armed with a new two-way game that will sure cause a lot of matchup problems, Kevin Ferrer is highly motivated to finally win a championship for the UST Growling Tigers in his last year in the UAAP.
For a player who seem to have done it all in this stage of his career - winning junior's Rookie of the Year and MVP, national team player, SEA Games gold medallist, PCCL national champion and the Bobby Ray Parks stopper - one thing has eluded Ferrer all the way back from his high school days, the UAAP title.
He's had plenty of chances too, three to be exact, but each trip to the finals have ended in bitter defeat.
And now with one final opportunity, the talented swingman vows to do everything he can to win a ring.
"Ayaw ko naman maulit 'yung last year na nasa baba kami," Ferrer told ABS-CBN Sports. "All out na kami [this season]."
"Ilang years na ako naglalaro sa UAAP, syempre gusto ko din ma-experience na mag-champion talaga," he said.
After suffering a number of injuries last year, a fit-again Ferrer said that his focus now is solely on UST. Aside from his stint with Sinag Pilipinas, the 6'4" forward said he has learned his lessons and skipped playing in other leagues to stay fresh and healthy for a grueling UAAP season.
Usually known for his lock-down defense and outside stroke, Ferrer has been working on being a formidable all-around player which he hopes will be showcased this year.
He credits his latest stint with the national team and PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio for the new additions in his arsenal although he did add that defense will always remain as his specialty.
"Wino-work out ko 'yung post moves ko, more on the inside [game]," Ferrer said. "[Pero] nage-enjoy pa rin talaga ako sa depensa, doon ako kumukuha ng kumpiyansa."
Obviously disappointed with last year's result that saw a borderline angry Thomasian community almost turn its back on the team altogether, Ferrer heads to one final season with no pressure.
And he has a little something to say to their supporters and opponents alike.
"Sana tiwala na lang sila sa amin [Thomasian community], pero kung may doubt pa rin sila, papatunayan namin na mali sila," Ferrer said. "Basta ako game, wala na akong iniintindi, ayaw ko na ma-pressure 'yung sarili ko. Lalaruin ko lang 'yung laro ko, ayaw ko maglaro ng game nila [opponents], gusto ko laruin nila 'yung game ko."
Sleep on Kevin Ferrer and the Growling Tigers at your own risk.
UAAP Season 78 starts September 5, Saturday LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23, BALLS HD SkyCable channel 167 and sports.abs-cbn.com.