UAAP 82: Malonzo, Ravena both downplay 'emotional' highlight dunk
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 08, 2019 07:57 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Early on in the rivalry game between De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, Jamie Orme-Malonzo was making quite the first impression.
He scored the Green Archers' first basket as they kept close to their archrivals.
And then, Orme-Malonzo really made quite the first impression.
Getting a forward pass from Andrei Caracut and seeing a clear runway in front of him, the one-and-done Filipino-American went for it.
And the end result was a two-handed dunk right through Thirdy Ravena.
Once the two players were back on the floor, Orme-Malonzo then appeared to have said some sweet nothings to Ravena.
Asked about it post-game, the new La Salle swingman said, "(I was) very emotional. You know, the fans and stuff probably got into my head."
He then continued, "I sort of let the emotions get the best of me, but it's just the game of basketball. In itself, it was a good play."
And even though he was at the wrong end of the poster, the two-time Finals MVP said he harbors no ill will towards Orme-Malonzo. "It's a play. Two points. We won the game. Doesn't matter," he said.
He then continued, "It happens. You get blocked, you get dunked on. Part of the game."
Indeed, it was Ravena and Ateneo who had the last laugh - an 81-69 decision against La Salle.
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