After one month, Alejandro and Bulldogs are winners again

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2016 04:16 PM
After one month, Alejandro and Bulldogs are winners again
LONG TIME COMING. J-Jay Alejandro and NU had to wait 36 days to taste victory once again.

Behind back-to-back wins, National University climbed onto a share of second last October 1.

Since then, however, the Bulldogs have been losers in their last six games. Meaning, it has been 36 days since they last tasted victory.

So when they finally made their way back into the win column via a victory versus University of the East on Saturday, NU had only one emotion to express. “Na-miss naming manalo. Wala akong masabi talaga,” a beaming team captain J-Jay Alejandro said.

He then continued, “Ang daming pinagdaanan ng team lalo ngayong second round.”

Seemingly, the Bulldogs’ struggles affected the fourth-year guard so much so that he had to let go of the cornrows he excitedly trotted out for the first few games of the tournament. Asked about it, he candidly answered, “Hindi naman ganun. Nainitan lang.”

He also added, laughing all the while, “’Di ko na nakayanan yung cornrows. Masyadong matagal maligo.”

Turning serious, the six-game slump not only dashed NU’s playoff hopes, it also dampened Alejandro’s career-best outings like the 31 points he had in their loss at the hands of Far Eastern University.

The team captain made it clear, however, that his personal achievements have always remained far from his mind. As he put it, “Hindi ko na iniisip yung mga sa akin. Masakit sa akin na yung mga rookies namin, ganun sila kabata para maranasan yung ganun.”

He then continued, “Masyado pang maaga pa sa kanila para pagdaanan yung mga ganung bagay.”

While he isn’t a rookie, Matt Salem is in his first year as a Bulldog and he was quick to admit that their untimely struggles were painful. “Stress and every (negative) feeling that you can think of. We’re a young team so it’s really difficult to motivate yourself and the other players to continue to stick with the system,” he said.

Like Alejandro, however, Salem and the rest of NU are nothing but cherishing their return to winning form. “Having that losing streak was really frustrating, but getting the win today is a great feeling,” he expressed.

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