NU ‘manhid na’ after fourth heartbreak in a row in UAAP 82
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2019 04:47 PM
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National University remains winless in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.
And all four of the Bulldogs’ losses have come in heartbreaking fashion.
In the first two games, they were at the wrong end of game-winners by Lenda Douanga for Adamson and Kurt Lojera for De La Salle University and then in their third outing, they suffered a sorry loss to University of Sto. Tomas.
On Wednesday, National U yet again had its heart broken - rallying from 14 points down to as near as one-point only to see John Lloyd Clemente miss the would-be game-winner.
And so, they now stand at 0-4 in the ultra-competitive tournament - when they very well could have also been 4-0.
Of course, all of those losses have hurt. "Heartbreaking pa rin, pero siguro, pagtuloy-tuloy na, namamanhid na," Dave Ildefonso shared, albeit with a smile, following their latest defeat.
For head coach Jamike Jarin, it's still unbelievable that they have been at the receiving end of all that heartbreak. "Is this for real," he said.
Turning serious, though, the fiery mentor said he remains nothing but proud for his boys who never ever stop battling. "I was telling them after the game that in the next 20 years of your life, you will look at this season and no matter what you will encounter in your lives, you will deal with it because you will overcome all these things. You will get better," he shared.
He then continued, "That’s why I’m really proud of them. I wasn’t mad. I can’t get mad. We’re dead. We come back. We play hard."
Indeed, even after all they have been through, National U remains upbeat about its chances. "Positive pa rin ang aura namin kasi alam namin talagang lumalaban kami. Sabi nga ni coach Jamike, 'di nila pwedeng sabihin na kami ang swerte," Ildefonso said.
He then continued, "Sila yung swerte kasi we performed in all our games, pero short lang sa huli."
And though their next assignment is opposite undefeated defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, the Bulldogs are nothing but confident they will keep giving it their all. As their second-year star put it, "Siguro, kailangan talagang perfect game kami from start to finish. Siguro, 'di na namin iisipin na yung loss is an option."
He then continued, "Yung sense of urgency, dapat lagi nang nasa amin."
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