UAAP 82: Byrd 'can't wait' for La Salle's rematch with Ateneo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2019 01:08 PM
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Ateneo de Manila University won over De La Salle University for the fourth time in a row in the two teams' first rivalry game in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Still, the entire experience of witnessing the fiercest foes in all of college go at it was must-see - at the very least, in the eyes of the Green Archers' brand new active consultant Jermaine Byrd.
"It was amazing. It was everything I thought it would be plus more," he told reporters with a smile even after the Taft-based team succumbed to their archrivals, 69-81, last Sunday. "The atmosphere, the fans, it was amazing. It really was."
Of course, Byrd and first-year head coach Gian Nazario had more to be proud of than the atmosphere and the fans as La Salle still put up a fight in the face of the back-to-back champion Blue Eagles.
In fact, after getting dominated in the second quarter, the green and white battled back in the next period and a half until Gian Mamuyac kept them at bay once and for all.
And that is exactly why Byrd can only look forward to the next time the archrivals meet once more. As he put it, "I enjoyed it. I can't wait to do it again."
For now, the American coach and the rest of the Green Archers are setting their sights into bouncing back. "To be honest, the goal for the season in my opinion is to compete hard every night, you know, and then try to get in the Final Four. I think we have a lot of talent on this team and it's on myself and coach Gian to make it all work," he shared.
He then continued, "It was just one game, it was our first game. I'm glad it's out of the way and now, we're going to prepare for the next game."
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