UAAP 82: Nieto mentality: 'Matalo na sa lahat, wag lang sa La Salle'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 13, 2019 05:50 PM
Nieto mentality: 'Matalo na sa lahat, wag lang sa La Salle'
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

The Nieto twins have been waging war with De La Salle University ever since they were still little Mike and little Matt.

The brothers are lifers in Ateneo de Manila University, playing for the Blue Eagles from grade school to high school and all the way to college.

And now in their fifth and final year as seniors in Katipunan, they may very well have played their last Ateneo-La Salle rivalry game.

Coming into the contest, the mission was pretty clear for them - just like it has always been. "This game, sabi na naman namin, matalo na sa lahat, wag lang sa La Salle. Kaya sobrang saya na if ever this will be my last Ateneo-La Salle, I  can say I won it in my last year," Matt said after the Blue Eagles clawed the Green Archers, Sunday at MOA Arena.

He then continued, through chuckles, "Hindi na sila makakabawi sa akin."

Of course, the Nietos will always have fond memories of all their Ateneo-La Salle rivalry games. "Kami ni Matt, medyo malungkot kami nung papunta rito kasi naisip na namin na this is the last eh. Siyempre, nung bata, pinapanood lang namin si daddy dun sa VCD tapos sabi namin, balang araw, makakalaro rin kami ng Ateneo-La Salle," Mike said, talking about father Jett who himself is a back-to-back champion in blue and white.

He then continued, "Ngayon, kami na ang pinapanood ng mga tao so it's really sad na tapos na yung ganito namin."

Matt can only agree. "It's really sad because ever since we were young, lagi kaming excited kapag kakalabanin La Salle. Talagang forget about the stats and just do everything to win," he said.

He then continued, "Ngayon, if ever, tapos na lahat yun that's why it's very emotional especially for us 'True Blues.' I will miss it super."

Of course, there remains a chance that the Taft-based team and their fierce foes from Katipunan will meet again in the playoffs.

As of right now, though, the twins may very well end their collegiate career with a 9-6 record against their archrivals.

And though in this last Ateneo-La Salle, he only had three points in 1-of-7 shooting, Matt Nieto is only happy to have the win under his belt. "Masaya, sobrang masaya kapag nanalo kami against La Salle. Kahit bad game, kahit walang ma-shoot, ayos lang basta panalo against the green and white," he said.

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