UAAP: Dave Ildefonso versus Coach Joe Silva's UE: "Magiging weird, pero kailangan gawin eh"
"Magiging weird, pero kailangan" -- Dave Ildefonso on Coach Joe Silva
To wrap up National University and University of East's first round runs in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, star rookie Bulldog Dave Ildefonso will have to go against his high school coach and current Red Warriors tactician, Coach Joe Silva on Saturday.
Silva, who was formerly a UAAP Juniors champion coach with Ateneo de ManilaHigh School, was Ildefonso's mentor as a Blue Eaglet.
In a snippet from an upcoming ABS-CBN Sports digital series called Sibs, Dave, who was beside his older brother and fellow former Atenean Shaun, was fresh from a team practice after they prepared for UE.
"Good day. We got ready for UE. I'm excited to be able to play against Coach Joe," Dave said.
The brothers went on describing their former coach calling him genuine, super fun, and respectable.
Snippet from an upcoming @abscbnsports digital series, Sibs: @ildavefonso and @ShaunIldefonso of NU talk about their upcoming matchup tomorrow against their former Ateneo High School mentor and current UE coach Joe Silva. pic.twitter.com/YIzrc1Db5V— Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) October 12, 2018
Dave bared that while he and his brother may both be not wearing blue and white anymore, he is still very proud and happy for Silva for making it to the UAAP Seniors' Division.
"Syempre happy for him na nakapunta siya ng UE as a head coach. I feel like level up din," said the star rookie.
Dave also described how he thinks their Saturday match-up will turn out.
"Magkakalaban, magiging weird pero kailangan gawin eh. After the game na lang magloko-lokohan or pwede na rin namang in between the game," quipped the younger Ildefonso.
NU versus UE will be on Saturday, October 13 at the Mall of Asia Arena and will air live at 2 PM on S+A, S+A and via livestream.