Jose on 20-23 double-double: ‘Yung puso ko, ayaw pa magbakasyon’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2016 08:04 PM
NO WAY. Nothing at all could drag down Raymar Jose from lifting FEU to a do-or-die matchup with Ateneo.
Without a doubt, Raymar Jose was the game-changer in the close contest between Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With the defending champion Tamaraws pushed to the edge of the cliff, down by 10 points early in the final frame, it was their team captain who took control and carried them on his shoulders.
Jose scored seven of his 20 points and seized 11 of his 23 rebounds all in the pivotal period to fuel the defending champions’ come-from-behind victory versus the Blue Eagles.
Every time Ateneo tried to pull away, Jose was there to push back. And every time Ateneo failed to capitalize on their chances, Jose was right there to make good for FEU.
In the end, the Tamaraws extended their reign for just a little longer because their graduating captain willed them to.
And after his power performance, Jose readily admitted that there was no way he was going down without a fight. As he put it, “Para sa akin, yung puso ko, ayaw pang magbakasyon. Gusto ko na kahit anong mangyari, lalaban kami.”
He then continued, “Last year ko na ngayon so kailangan kong mag-double effort, kahit triple pa nga. Todo-bigay lang talaga kasi gusto ko na makabalik kami sa Finals.”
That much was evident in the last 10 minutes where Jose merged with Monbert Arong and Prince Orizu to outscore all of their opponents, 23-19. He also outworked all of the Eagles on the boards by his lonesome, 11-8.
Making his power performance all the more impressive is that everybody from Isaac Go to Thirdy Ravena were trying their best to prevent it. “Nakita niyo naman, with the way the Ateneo big men were really hugging Toto, nakakuha pa rin siya ng 23 rebounds. It’s really desire,” a satisfied coach Nash Racela expressed.
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