Big Three lives up to name in FEUís ouster of Ateneo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 21, 2015 10:08 PM
COLLECTIVE ACTION. FEU's Big Three all had a hand in their incredible thriller of a win against Ateneo.
Kiefer Ravena’s illustrious collegiate career ended on a losing note at the hands of Mac Belo.
Far Eastern University’s versatile forward converted a putback just as time expired to lift his team to a thriller of a win against Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday.
The game-winner was so incredible that more than an hour after it was made, Ravena still couldn’t believe his collegiate career came to a close because of it. “Wala akong maisip ngayon. Naiisip ko pa yung tira ni Mac,” he told reporters.
Nothing would have been possible, however, if not for RR Pogoy’s game-tying triple and then defense as well as Mike Tolomia’s smarts and aggressiveness. As coach Nash Racela put it, “Si Mac naka-shoot nung huling tira, but it was a team effort.”
Indeed, it was Pogoy who tied the game and then keyed two defensive stops in a row and it was Tolomia who came rushing onwards for the attempt that Belo eventually sent back into the net. Just as they have all season long, the Tamaraws’ Big Three played, well, big.
Doubling down on their philosophy, Belo said, “Gusto namin lahat nagko-contribute.”
Apparently, that even extends to their dealings with the media. Belo and Pogoy were the players flanking their coach in the post-game interview, but in the middle of it all, Nash Racela mentioned that he wished Tolomia were there too.
Not long after, FEU’s lead guard entered the press room and joined his mentor and teammates – completing the green and yellow’s pillars.
Just the fitting end to what was an incredible game.
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