Clutch Ricci asked for Divine Intervention before La Salle win

Paul Lintag on Nov 12, 2017 07:20 PM
Clutch Ricci asked for Divine Intervention before DLSU win
"After nung foul nag-pray na lang talaga ako," Rivero said on his crucial two free throws with 8.9 seconds to go to put La Salle up by three.

Clutch free throws for insurance? Check.

Clutch block to seal the win? Check again.

Whatever you need, Ricci Rivero has you covered.

The high-flying combo guard played Robin to Ben Mbala's Batman Sunday at the Aranata Coliseum, serving as La Salle's second star as the defending UAAP champions spoiled rival Ateneo's march to the Finals with a pulsating 79-76 win.

The victory by the Green Archers put a stop to the Blue Eagles' 13-game rampage for all of Season 80 and assured that all of us will have a traditional Final Four next week.

A couple of players played the hero role for La Salle in the win but Rivero came through with the biggest plays down the stretch.

"After nung foul nag-pray na lang talaga ako," Rivero said on his crucial two free throws with 8.9 seconds to go to put La Salle up by three.

"Hindi ko kaya gawin anything if hindi Niya ako tutulungan. Prinactice ko naman siya every before and after practice so yun lang, kailangan magtiwala ka rin sa sarili mo and kailangan i-offer mo rin siya kay God kasi Siya naman ang source of everything," he added.

In the final Ateneo possession, it was also Rivero that blocked Anton Asistio's game-tying attempt from deep.

Overall, Rivero played pretty well, dropping 21 points, 12 in the Green Archer's spirited fourth-quarter rally.

In erasing Ateneo's 12-point lead, Rivero says that it was just all about wanting it more than the Blue Eagles.

"Siguro yung last plays, nandoon yung sense of urgency naming lahat na kaya pa to kasi nag-trabaho naman kami for this," Rivero said.

"Blessing din siya siguro kasi whole year kami nag-sacrifice," he added.

 


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