Mature Tolentino now making his presence felt for FEU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 24, 2017 08:44 PM
Mature Tolentino now making his presence felt for FEU
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS. Arvin Tolentino has wasted no time showcasing his skills for FEU.

In the preseason, Arvin Tolentino wore jersey number 41.

Now in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Far Eastern University’s talented transferee is wearing jersey number 13.

Asked about his choice of digits, he answered, “Idol ko si Dirk [Nowitzki]. Tapos actually, Steve Nash ang ultimate idol ko.”

In the Tamaraws’ matchup with University of Sto. Tomas last Saturday, the six-foot-five forward showed a little bit of both Nowitzki and Nash.

Scoring seven of his 15 points in the pivotal push that led his team to victory, he showed the clutch mentality and the steady hands of Nash.

Converting two triples and collecting 10 rebounds, he showed the shooting stroke and the work on the glass of Nowitzki.

And head coach Olsen Racela is only looking forward to Tolentino continuing to do that – and even much more. “If Arvin plays with intensity and effort sa defensive end, ganyan minutes niya,” he said.

Following a forgettable first game for the green and gold where he only had seven points, the 21-year-old is now putting forward all the talents that made him a blue-chip recruit out of high school as well as a Rookie of the Year in the Seniors.

Of course, it helps that Tolentino has now fully-adjusted to being in FEU – both on and off the court. “Feel at home na ako simula pagdating ko. Yung pag-welcome nila sa akin, sobrang maganda,” he shared.

He then continued, “Tinanggap nila ako as one of their brothers agad.”

Now two years removed from having academic issues taking him out of the Ateneo de Manila University lineup, he has indeed found a home in Morayta.

And that home, a more than capable coaching staff led by Racela, and supportive teammates have all come together to transform the sweet-shooting big man into an already better version of himself. “More mature na ako ngayon. Siyempre, meron nang trust sa akin yung coaches as one of the more experienced players so kailangan yung maturity, nandun na talaga,” he said.

How couldn’t he mature after all he had gone through?

“Lahat ng bahay, pinaghihirapan. Walang madali sa buhay,” he expressed.

Once the future of San Beda, once the future of Ateneo, Tolentino is now just glad to be a key cog for the Tamaraws who want nothing more than to keep contending.  “Yung failure is a key to success, yun ang na-realize ko. ‘Di porket nag-fail ka, end of the world na,” he shared.

He then continued, “As long as ‘di ka mag-give up, as long as doblehin mo yung ginawa mo before, it’s a path papunta sa success.”

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