DLSU’s Montalbo: ‘I’m not a bully; I meant no harm’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 19, 2017 09:35 AM
DLSU’s Montalbo: ‘I’m not a bully; I meant no harm’
IN YOUR FACE. Kib Montalbo said he was just doing his job when he was nose-to-nose with Jerrick Ahanmisi for majority of their matchup.

De La Salle University’s Kib Montalbo was right in the face of Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University for majority of the matchup between the two teams last Saturday.

Apparently, the Green Archers’ captain let the Soaring Falcons’ sharpshooter know that he was going to do that before he even did it. “I told him it’s the Final Four and I’m gonna be up on him all night. Tinanong ko pa nga siya if he’s up for it,” the former said after he and his team pulled off an 82-75 comeback win.

He then continued, “Yung teammates niya, hinaharangan siya e, pero sabi niya, okay lang, okay lang.”

And so, Montalbo was up on Ahanmisi all night – to the point that it was almost as if the two were nose-to-nose.

Not everybody appreciated the 20-year-old’s lockdown defense, however.

Maverick Ahanmisi, brother of Jerrick who is also a professional player for Rain or Shine, tweeted right after the game – half-serious and half-joking, perhaps:





Asked about it, Montalbo answered, “I’m not a bully.”

He then reiterated that he let the Adamson main man know that he was going to do that before he even did it. “Before I did that, sinabi ko talaga sa kanya. Dikit ako nang dikit sa kanya, sabi ko, ‘I’m gonna be there,’” he said.

DLSU’s veteran guard went on to say that he was just doing his job and just playing basketball. “I meant no harm. He’s a great player and I respect him. It’s all about basketball.”

He then continued, “Wala akong (extra-curricular) sa kanya. I was just there, (playing) hard-nosed defense.”

Indeed, Montalbo said that it was Ahanmisi who was hurting the Green Archers with his outside shooting. “We have to appreciate the fact na magaling siya. If hindi naman siya magaling, then bakit ako nandyan,” he said.

As such, as the defensive stopper, it was upon him to do something – anything, really – about it. “That’s my job. Siyempre, susunday ko siya para pumasok ako sa isip niya. I want to get in his head in a basketball manner,” he said.

In the end, Montalbo seemed successful in doing his job as he held Ahanmisi to just three points in the payoff period.


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