UAAP: Captain Kib: 'Kahit injured, da-dive ako'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2018 08:45 PM
UAAP: Captain Kib: 'Kahit injured, da-dive ako'
Kib Montalbo still went all-out for La Salle even while playing with a fractured left thumb

After fracturing his left thumb, Kib Montalbo was, supposedly, sitting out four to six weeks.

Instead, after just two weeks, the team captain made a surprise return for De La Salle University in their rivalry game up against Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday.

For Montalbo, there was no way he was missing any more games. “Yung original nga is four to six weeks, pero I just really want to play. It’s my last year, I don’t want an injury to determine my season – that’s the bottom line,” he told reporters post-game.

As it turns out, by doing so, the graduating guard was actually going against the wishes of just about everybody. “Maraming hindi sang-ayon na lumaro ako, pati parents ko, hindi sang-ayon, pero I said I’m gonna take that risk,” he shared.

He then continued, “I just want to play. Kahit injured, da-dive ako.”

Indeed, Montalbo did just that during a loose ball sequence in the third quarter and indeed, it’s easy to understand why just about everybody was against him playing again way too soon. “I dove kanina with my fractured hand. Masakit siya, pero wala e, I just want to play for La Salle,” he said.

Still, the 21-year-old made it clear he has no regrets about what happened. “’Di ko kayang nakaupo lang e. Kahit tagadala lang ng bola and setting the tone, maglalaro ako,” he said.

And from here on out, expect him to be see action for the Green Archers. “You’ll expect me to play my heart out for La Salle buong season. Kahit anong mangyari, God-willing, sa grave Niya lang na nakakapaglaro ako, I will play,” he said.

This, even though he still couldn’t move his fractured left thumb. “Nung una, hindi ko talaga ma-move tapos ngayon, nagagalaw ko na. ‘Di ko lang siya ma-bend,” he said.


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