Now at home in Espana, Vigil becomes key for UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 25, 2015 09:44 AM
Now at home in Espana, Vigil becomes key for UST
FAMILY MATTER. Louie Vigil is out to help Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, and Karim Abdul end their UAAP careers with a championship.

University of Sto. Tomas just wasn’t going to let themselves be outdone by championship rival Far Eastern University whose post-Final Four win conference saw coach Nash Racela ask for Mike Tolomia to join him, Mac Belo, and RR Pogoy – thus completing the green and yellow’s pillars.

When it was their turn for a post-Final Four win conference last Sunday, coach Bong Dela Cruz brought his entire starting five – Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, Karim Abdul, Loui Vigil, and Jam Sheriff.

The scene was only fitting as the Growling Tigers surged into the Finals as the top-seed on the back of their old reliables.

We all know Ferrer will be doing everything, Daquioag will be bringing energy and excitement, Abdul will be holding down the paint, and Sheriff – along with Rookie of the Year runner-up Marvin Lee – will be taking care of the backcourt, but for Espana to go all the way, they are hoping for more consistent efforts from Vigil.

Fortunately for UST, their 23-year-old forward is aware of what they need from him. As he told ABS-CBN Sports, “Yun naman tinatrabaho ko every single day – being consistent. I had a rough start, pero nakabalik naman ako nung end ng eliminations.”

Even more good news for the Tigers is that Vigil turned in absolutely his best performance of the season with 19 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in their semifinals victory against now-dethroned champions National University. “Coming into the Finals, magandang boost ito for me,” he said.

It’s no coincidence that the fourth-year man is playing with as much confidence as he has ever had now he has finally found his place. It has been nothing but a testy journey for the former NCAA Juniors MVP with Jose Rizal High School who then committed to De La Salle University before transferring to Espana.

Vigil’s first few years there also left much to be desired as he was hobbled by injuries and personal problems. Now, however, he assures the UST faithful that he wants to do everything he can to give them a long-awaited and much-desired championship.

“Walang duda. UST talaga ang home ko and being one of the veterans now, sino pa bang mag-step up kundi ako,” he said.

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