UAAP 80 Men's Football: King Miyagi and JB Borlongan - UP football's new dynamic duo
Santino Honasan on Apr 30, 2018 06:27 PM
King Miyagi and JB Borlongan have netted nine goals apiece to lead UP in scoring this season.
The last time that King Miyagi and JB Borlongan were in the UAAP Men’s football finals, the two were just a couple of rookies looking to make a name for themselves with University of the Philippines.
Two years later, Miyagi, Borlongan, and the UP Fighting Maroons are back in the Finals, looking to claim their second men’s football title in the last three years.
Now in their third year in the UAAP, King and JB have transformed into the cornerstone of UP’s offense, and it’s safe to say that they’ve delivered.
The dynamic duo leads the UP in scoring with nine made goals each, and it’s helped power the team to the top seed after the eliminations and a 15-match unbeaten streak.
More importantly, their stellar offensive season has helped lead them back to the big match, the one for all the marbles, and obviously, it has them excited.
“Syempre sobrang sarap, it feels really…I don’t know how i feel pero I can’t explain it, kasi lahat ng tinrabaho namin the past few months, it all paid off to be in the finals again.” Borlongan said after their 1-0 win over DLSU.
Making UP’s feat this season more impressive is the fact that they’ve managed to establish themselves as the top contenders, even without a home field to practice in.
“We’ve been working for this tapos yung challenge namin, kahit wala kaming field, nag-pupush lang kami dito. Yun yung motivation namin, na kahit wala kaming field, we’re stronger against adversity na.” revealed Miyagi.”
Also serving as a motivating factor for the Fighting Maroons this season is the bitter taste of last season’s semifinals exit at the hands of Far Eastern University.
The early exit ended the UAAP careers of guys like captain Daniel Gadia, keeper Ace Villanueva, and defender Patxi Santos on a painful note.
This time around, they plan on giving this year’s seniors a grand exit.
“Yun din yung motivation, kahit walang field, parang yung motivation individually, let’s get this, gutom tayo for this, let’s get this, para din sa graduating seniors, yun lang yung nasa isip namin, yung dugo at pawis sa mga preseason training, yung takbuhan, pinapakita namin dito.” said Miyagi.
“Do it for sina Ian [Clarino], Arvin [Resuma], Javi [Bonoan], kasi last year we weren’t able to give it all for our seniors, sina Gadia, so this time, we wanted to really give everything for sina Ian.” added Borlongan.
Aside from leading the team in scoring, Miyagi and Borlongan have also pretty much shown that they’re more than ready to take on the reins of leadership next season, given that current captain Clarino is on his last UAAP match.
For Miyagi, it’s all about passing down what he’s learned from his seniors as well.
“Yung mga iniwan nila Gadia, parang pina-pass on lang din namin sa mga younger ones namin, tinururuan din namin sila, yun yung outcome. Maganda yung chemistry namin ngayon.”
Possibly 90 minutes of UAAP football away from another men’s championship, Borlongan is planning to leave it all in the pitch when they take on University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football Finals on Thursday, May 3 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
“I just wanna give everything in the finals, hanggang saan kaya, tapos I wanna give it for the people beside me, for all of my teammates, for all our sacrifices and hirap.”
“You can expect na all the chances I get, I’ll try to make it count, and sasalo ako ng mga teammates, if nagkakamali sila, sasaluhin ko sila.” Borlongan added.
You can catch the UAAP Season 80 Men's Football Finals between UP and UST on Thursday, May 3rd at 3:00 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166, LIGA channel 86, LIGA HD 183, and on LIVESTREAMING