Nalos fights through suspension to give Falcons season’s biggest upset

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 24, 2015 07:22 PM
‘Fighter’ Nalos gives Adamson season’s biggest upset
FIGHT! Coming off a one-game suspension, Joseph Nalos showed the way as Adamson battled through a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to score an upset win against DLSU.

Only last Tuesday, Joseph Nalos found himself apologizing to Ateneo de Manila University for the unfortunate incident he got himself involved in.

In the third quarter of a matchup against the Blue Eagles and with Adamson University in need of a defensive stop, Nalos jumped up to try block the attempt of Vince Tolentino and, as he was landing, also dragged down Tolentino by the face.

The Soaring Falcon was slapped with a disqualifying foul for his actions and as per UAAP rules, was also automatically suspended in his team’s next assignment. He then called his act “unintentional” and repeatedly expressed his sincere apologies both to Tolentino and the Ateneo community.

Without their leading scorer, young Adamson gave defending champion National University their biggest scare of the season only to come up short in overtime. Knowing the difference he could have made, Nalos again sent out apologies, this time to his school, for not being able to be there to help his team complete an upset.

On Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, there was definitely no need for apologies as the Cebu native scored half of his 20 points in a four-minute span that sparked the Falcons to a shocker of a win against De La Salle University. Perfectly describing what he just did, he said after the game, “Gusto ko lang makabawi.”

He also added, “Goal ko talaga na makuha namin itong game kasi alang kong may maitutulong ako. Last game namin, wala ako sa game tapos muntik na against NU.”

More than hitting the big shots, the transferee from Southwestern University said that he wanted to lead by setting an example to his rookie-laden squad. “Nung nakuha ko na rhythm ko, ang sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Hindi ako susuko.’ Buti sumunod din sila,” he shared with ABS-CBN Sports.

Asked about the returning guard who essentially was the difference from their close loss to NU and their upset win against DLSU, coach Mike Fermin said, “He’s a fighter. Alam ko yung puso ng batang ito.”

Indeed, Nalos said that his suspension fueled the biggest shots in the biggest win of his career. “Siyempre, medyo down ako kasi galing sa suspension pero ginawa ko na lang na motivation yung nangyari,” he said.

He then continued, “Nag-focus na lang ako sa laro at ginawa ko lang yung part ko sa team.”


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