With his hand still hurting, Torralba calls game-winner ‘a miracle’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2015 09:45 AM
MEANT TO BE? Several factors nearly kept Josh Torralba from taking the shot that proved to be DLSU's game-winner against Ateneo.
De La Salle University was down by two in the last minute against their archrivals when Jeron Tent barreled his way onto the paint only to kick out to an open Jason Perkins standing behind the arc.
With Von Pessumal running towards him, however, the hefty lefty decided to pass to Josh Torralba at the corner. The rookie was wide open with no defender near enough to close out – the only problem is he already missed seven of the eight outside shots he took.
Still, Torralba launched the ball and watched it fly all the way to the top of the rim and then the bottom of the net. Seconds later, the Green Archers completed a comeback win against Ateneo de Manila University.
Talking about his game-winner, the DLSU guard told ABS-CBN Sports, “It’s a miracle.”
More than the shot going in despite his poor shooting prior, Torralba shared that just the mere fact that he was playing was a miracle after he fractured his right hand – his shooting hand – during a tuneup game in the preseason. “Doctors said I was gonna be out four to six weeks, but I just pushed through. I was good to go by the third week so I only missed two games,” he said.
Even though he was already seeing action, the first-year player said that he still has to have his right hand taped to lessen the awkward feeling he gets from it.
All of this gave his game-winner even more meaning for him personally. As the transferee from Emilio Aguinaldo College put it, “It’s pretty much a confidence-booster for me and confirmation from God that He has me here for a reason.”
He then continued, “Everything is part of God’s plan for me. You just see God’s fingerprints laid out right there so I give it all to him.”
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