UAAP: An Ateneo three-peat next year will mean much more for Nieto twins

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 04, 2019 05:17 PM
An Ateneo three-peat will mean much more for Nieto twins
Can Mike and Matt be the winningest Nietos?

For the seventh time in the last 11 years, Ateneo de Manila University is the king of the UAAP Seniors.

And in the same light, for the third time in the last four years, Nieto twins Mike and Matt are champions.

“It’s a very fulfilling experience for me together with my twin brother. Grade school pa lang, pinangarap na namin ni Mike yun,” Matt said in the school’s annual bonfire of champions late last year. “Actually, mag-champion lang, okay na, pero ngayon, winning a back-to-back, it’s ever more special for us."

With that, the Nietos can now boast of 2017 and 2018 titles in the UAAP Seniors as well as a 2015 title in the UAAP Juniors.

At this point in time, what’s up next for them has just become personal. “We have one more year and pwede na namin lampasan si daddy. We don’t want to end our (collegiate) career na natalo kami so extra motivation na mas galingan namin next year,” Matt said.

He then continued through chuckles, “Pero si daddy, feeling ko, ninenerbyos na si daddy.”

Yes, alongside keeping the crown in Katipunan and extending Ateneo’s dominance to what would be a dozen years, Mike and Matt want nothing more than to be the winningest Nietos.

“Grade school pa lang kami, napag-usapan na namin yan e. Nung ‘di pa kami nananalo sa UAAP Juniors, sabi ni daddy na nanalo siya ng isa so dun na nagsimula,” Mike shared. “So si daddy, dinadala kami sa Blue Eagle Gym kasi nga, nandun yung banners and pinagmamalaki niya yung Seniors niya na 1987 and 1988.”

Jet, the patriarch of the Nietos, won one championship in his time as a Blue Eaglet before winning back-to-back as a Blue Eagle.

Now, his twin sons now have one last shot at overtaking him in the title tally – and they are not shy in saying that is their personal motivation. As Mike put it, “Gusto talaga namin siyang talunin e. Tie lang kasi namin siya sa high school.”

He then continued through chuckles, “Ngayon, tie na namin siya sa college so wala na siyang ipagyayabang. Hopefully, ang gusto talaga namin is talunin siya ang mag-three-peat next year.”

Of course, the two made it clear that they know full well that’s easier said than done. “We’ll just keep working hard and keep doing what coach Tab says,” Mike said.

That’s exactly why they’re not making any guarantees just yet. “Finals muna and then we’ll see what happens,” Matt said.

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