UAAP: Coach Louie to emotional Santillan: 'Konting tiis na lang, dong'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 07, 2018 08:30 PM
UAAP: Coach Louie to Santillan: 'Konting tiis na lang, dong'
La Salle has got the back of Santi Santillan who has been missing his family.

Santi Santillan shed a lot of tears right after De La Salle University downed National University in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament on Wednesday.

Those tears had nothing to do with the game. “Naisip ko lang kasi yung family ko. Na-homesick ako at ang tagal ko na silang ‘di nakikita,” he told reporters.

Apparently, the graduating Green Archer had not seen his wife and son since early this year and his parents and siblings since Christmas last year.

Santillan’s wife Alicia May and son Lucas are both in Hawaii while his parents and siblings have remained in Cebu.

He, of course, is here in Manila and has been here for the better part of the last two years.

Without a doubt, that is quite the change after the now 22-year-old spent his first two decades with family in Lapu-Lapu City.

Of course, he knows full well what he was getting into when he committed to La Salle. “Yung sakripisyo ko, para naman sa kanila ‘to e. Wala na namang iba e,” he said.

He then continued, “Every game, dine-dedicate ko sa family ko.”

And for all of that, the Green Archers only want to do their part to help out. “Ako, alam ko pinagdadaanan niya so talagang I make it a point na maglaro rin para sa kanya,” Aljun Melecio, a native of Bukidnon, said.

For his part, head coach Louie Gonzalez is nothing but appreciative of all of the efforts of his workhorse. “Kitang-kita niyo naman, si Santi talaga, pinakamaraming minuto, pero binibigay pa rin niya lahat,” he said.

And while Santillan kept shedding tears beside coach Louie during the post-win interview inside the press room, the latter put his arm on the back of the former and told him, “Konti na lang. Konting tiis na lang, dong.”

Indeed, La Salle is now assured of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth nearing the end of the elimination round.

Give or take two more weeks and all the Santillans will be reunited.

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