UAAP: Tolentino takes a bow for both FEU and Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 25, 2018 08:38 PM
UAAP: Tolentino takes a bow for both FEU and Ateneo
Arvin Tolentino, with girlfriend Brandy Kramer, is nothing but grateful for his time in FEU as well as in Ateneo

Arvin Tolentino’s roller-coaster career in the UAAP has come to a stop.

The sweet-shooting big man has played his last game in the league as Far Eastern University fell to Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday.

Of course, there is no doubt that Tolentino gave it his all so that the Tamaraws could live to fight another day, but the Blue Eagles just proved to be zoned in on both ends. “Thirdy played great D and if you noticed, he was on Arvin. His defense was key for us,” the latter’s assistant coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said.

And so, his final stat line in the UAAP read as such – five points, three rebounds, and one block in just under 20 minutes.

This, coming after a big-time performance that saw the 6-foot-5 big score 15 points, including the game-winner, to lift FEU over De La Salle University in their knockout bout for the fourth-seed last Wednesday.

Still, going up, going down, and then going up again has always been the theme of his young career.

Tolentino won the Rookie of the Year in Season 77 when he was still playing for Ateneo before failing to impress in his sophomore season.

Then during the offseason, he was left off the Katipunan-based squad’s lineup due to academic issues.

Not long after, he found a new home in Morayta where he has suited up for the last three seasons.

Whatever journey he has been through, the now 22-year-old is nothing but grateful. “Mixed emotions ngayon kami kasi this is not the way we want to end our UAAP careers, but of course, we’ll take it. Me, personally, I just hope I made the FEU community proud, my teammates proud, and my coaches proud,” he said.

That goes not just for the Tamaraws, but also for the Blue Eagles.

In fact, Tolentino also took his time to applaud the blue and white crowd – and the latter reciprocated the gesture to the former. “Of course, siyempre, I was with Ateneo rin and I hope naging proud din sila sa akin. They cheered for me before and I’m thankful din sa kanila,” he said.

Yes, even though FEU’s season has come to an end by the hands of Ateneo for three years running now, Arvin Tolentino remains thankful to have learned how to “Be Brave” and how to give a “One Big Fight.”

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