Until very end, Kobe Paras just grateful to have played for UP in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 14, 2019 03:14 PM
Until very end, Paras just grateful to have played for UP
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

The curtains closed on Kobe Paras' first season in the UAAP last Wednesday.

Paras and the University of the Philippines were at the wrong end of an inspired endgame by University of Sto. Tomas.

Final score, 68-65 for the Growling Tigers who will head into the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Finals where it will challenge Ateneo de Manila University.

For the Fighting Maroons? They go home with a heavy heart from falling short of the championship round, but also with the fact that they still made history by clinching the school's first two-seed and twice-to-beat advantage.

Even more, State U lived up to its monicker in this do-or-die game. "It was a good game. We fought unlike the first game with UST where we didn’t really put up a fight," Paras said.

And in the end, the first-year forward is only thankful for all the highs and lows he has gone through with his teammates. "I'm grateful to the UAAP. I'm grateful for UP. This year, I've learned to love myself and be more appreciative of what I have instead of wanting more things," he shared.

He then continued, "That's a lesson for a lot of people - you can't be fishing for stuff you don't have because you'll never be complete."

These have been the thoughts of Paras throughout the tournament - and from start to finish, he, indeed, was just enjoying getting to take the court once more. "This is my fourth college. My plan A didn't work and this is my plan B," he said.

He then continued, "My plan B is still the dream for other people so I'm just really grateful that I'm here, grateful that I showed what I got."

Whether or not the 22-year-old continues taking the court clad in maroon and green is yet to be determined. "This season is this season. I don't know what's gonna happen next season," he said.

That's because for now, Paras just wants to keep working on being physically and mentally healthy. "Right now, I just want to take a break and enjoy life. I'm beat up, I'm injured to I have to recover," he said.


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