Seventeen-day break made Gayoso, Ateneo even hungrier to get back to winning

Santino Honasan on Apr 05, 2018 12:19 PM
Long break made Ateneo even hungrier to get back to winning
“We were hungry for it, definitely, because it was a long break, we just wanted to get back into that winning form, we just wanted to get back into that mentality and we were able to do it.”

The last time that the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles saw action on the pitch was March 18th.

It was a seventeen-day break for the defending champions, and a layoff that long could easily throw any team off track, regardless of talent.

In their first game back Thursday morning against University of the East however, it looked as if the defending champion Blue Eagles didn’t take any time off as they starched the Final Four-hunting Red Warriors to the tune of 4-0.

UE was coming off a two-week break themselves after beating National University on March 22nd.

“Personally I’m proud of the way we played, I’m proud of the way that my teammates played, I’m proud of the way that I was able to help in the team.” said third-year star striker Jarvey Gayoso after their win over UE.

The reigning MVP paced Ateneo with with a brace in the first half, his 14th and 15th goals of the season.

For Gayoso, rather than falling to ‘ring rust’ so to say, the seventeen-day break made them even more hungry to get back to the pitch.

“We were hungry for it, definitely, because it was a long break, we just wanted to get back into that winning form, we just wanted to get back into that mentality and we were able to do it.”

Since losing to UST way back in the first round, the defending champions have gone unbeaten in their last eight matches, with all but one resulting in wins.

Prior to the break, Ateneo had racked up back-to-back wins against Adamson and UST, and the winning streak added to their eagerness to get back on the pitch.

“I think it just made us hungry, we were on a winning streak and we were cut off with that break, but then I think it just made us hungrier for more wins and for more opportunities to play.”

The Blue Eagles manage to stretch their current winning streak to three straight, but more importantly, they’ve locked up a semifinals berth for the fourth straight season.

“I’m blessed to be able to come back to the playoffs,” Gayoso said of the achievment. Since coming to the league, the three-time UAAP Best Striker has yet to miss out on the post-season. “It’s a good experience, it’s a unique experience for a lot of athletes to continually be part of the playoffs and play in the semifinals.”

While making the Final Four is well and good, it isn’t the ultimate goal for Gayoso and the Blue Eagles as they try to claim back-to-back championships for the first time since 2006.

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