Title favorites all season long, Archers just proved themselves

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 08, 2016 01:26 PM
Title favorites all season, Archers just proved themselves
MEETING EXPECTATIONS. Both Ben Mbala and DLSU were as good as advertised.

When news broke that he was set to be named as Rookie of the Year, De La Salle University’s Aljun Melecio played down his achievement.

Talking about going from Juniors MVP to the top rookie in the Seniors, he said, “’Di ko talaga iniisip yun. Gusto ko talaga mag-champion kasi since high school, never pa ako nakatikim ng championship.”

Fast forward to last Wednesday and Melecio not only got his Rookie of the Year, but more importantly, experienced the one thing he was never able to in De La Salle Zobel. All smiles after the Green Archers swept their archrivals for the school’s ninth title, he expressed, “Masarap pala. Mas masarap kasi nakuha namin yung championship na grabe yung pressure.”

He then continued, “Super taas yung pressure, pero sabi nga ni coach, kung makaramdam ng pressure, just fight through it.”

Indeed, DLSU proved to be only more than willing to fight through the pressure of being regarded as the title favorites all season long. Wrapping up a 16-1 championship season, they wound up with one of the most dominant campaigns in the history of the league.

“We proved ourselves,” a beaming Kib Montalbo expressed. “Akala ng iba na we didn’t work hard, automatic champion, pero hindi ganun e. How you play as a team, yun yung importante and we showed na we play for each other.”

Vindication feels so good that Montalbo said there’s not even a hint of disappointment that the Archers fell one game short of a season sweep. As he put it, “God has his purpose. Whatever God will give us, we’ll accept.”


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