UAAP: Dave I. says his killer instinct was taught by coach Joe Silva

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 13, 2018 05:42 PM
Dave I. says his killer instinct was taught by coach Joe
Dave Ildefonso faced off with former mentor for the first time in the NU-UE matchup

Dave Ildefonso scored 14 points to help National University get back on track in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Six of those points came from two triples – triples that allowed Ildefonso to show some love to his former mentor who was now on the opposite side.

“Nung warm-up pa lang, gumaganun na ako, sabi ko, barilan kami,” he told reporters while doing finger guns.

He then continued, “Bago pa kasi mag-season, napag-usapan namin na barilan kami pag nakaka-shoot ako ng three-points.”

Ildefonso was a key cog while Coach Joe was the shot-caller for Ateneo de Manila High School from Seasons 78 to 80. There, they won one championship together.

And there, the championship attitude was established and reinforced inside Ildefonso. “Si Coach Joe, kahit tambak ng 20 o 30 o up siya ng 20 o 30, gusto niya pa ring makita sa players niya yung killer instinct. Yun yung lagi niyang sinasabi dati – killer instinct,” he shared.

He then continued, “Tinuturo niya laging since gusto naming mag-champion, dapat umasta kaming mag-champion.”

Indeed, the super rookie has just brought that attitude to the Bulldogs – making an immediate impact and taking the reins of leadership.

Still, that didn’t change the fact that facing off against his mentor was uncharted territory. “It’s fun tapos siyempre, weird din,” he said.

Whatever happens, though, one thing is certain – there will always be a bond between Ildefonso and Coach Joe.

“Sabi nga rin ni Coach Jamike [Jarin], he was the enemy pero after the game, after everything, coach ko pa rin siya, friend ko pa rin siya, mentor ko pa rin siya,” he said.

For his part, the now UE head coach could only agree. As he put it, “Wherever we are, whatever team we are in, we don’t forget each other.”

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