Gallarza: ‘UP won’t celebrate mediocrity anymore’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2015 07:58 PM
Gallarza: ‘UP won’t celebrate mediocrity anymore’
BONFIRE STARTER. JR Gallarza said UP is aiming for more than a bonfire for the season.

Chants of “Bonfire! Bonfire!” rang throughout the arena when the University of the Philippines claimed a victory to start their campaign in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Clamor for some sort of celebration grew even more when the Fighting Maroons downed traditional powerhouse De La Salle University to rise to a 2-0 start for the first time in a decade.

Contrary to their supporters, however, the squad itself wants to distance itself from any premature celebration. “As a team, we aren’t about any type of bonfire until the end of the season,” team captain JR Gallarza said.

He then continued, “We aren’t set to celebrate mediocrity anymore. This is just a small step to our bigger goal of the Final Four.”

Gallarza said that the Diliman community (and all other constituent units of UP) may organize as many bonfires as they want, but the team will not be making an appearance in any of them because “our goal isn’t just a one-win or two-win season.”

However, the Iskos and Iskas should not fret just yet as the team captain of their Fighting Maroons promised something bigger. “We’re out to really give you guys something to celebrate about by the end of the season,” Gallarza said.

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