UAAP 82: Graduating Subido hopes Finals stint against Ateneo will be learning experience for UST
Santino Honasan on Nov 20, 2019 10:20 PM
"All I can say with this team, they’re just gonna keep getting better. I know Coach Aldin is not gonna settle for this. He’s gonna make his players better and also better persons. They’re not gonna stop working hard." - Renzo Subido (Photo: Arvin Lim)
Renzo Subido's final stand with University of Santo Tomas ended in heartbreak after the ended up getting swept by the dominant Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball Finals.
The Growling Tigers put up a gallant stand in Game 2, Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, but ultimately succumbed to the Blue Eagles, 86-79, as the UAAP Men's Basketball crown remained in Katipunan for a third straight year.
Facing the Blue Eagles in the finals, Subido hopes, will be a learning experience for the Growling Tigers as they prepare for next season.
"Ateneo is a really tough team, but in this series, I learned a lot, my teammates learned a lot, the coaches learned a lot, and I'm sure that whatever experience that they had in this season, and in this series, will make them a better team, will make my teammates better players, and will just make them a better team next season," Subido said post-game.
While they weren't able to achieve their ultimate goal of taking the crown back to Espana, UST's Season 82 run was definitely something to be proud of.
Returning to the semifinals for the first time since 2015, Subido and the Growling Tigers had to endure a stepladder semifinals gauntlet against Far Eastern University and a star-studded University of the Philippines team that had a twice-to-beat advantage.
UST blasted Tamrawas in the first round of the stepladder semis, and then dominated the Fighting Maroons to force a do-or-die game.
In a close Game 2 against UP, Subido immortalized himself in UST history with a dagger-three over Bright Akhuetie to seal the win and send the Growling Tigers to their first Finals, also since 2015.
Subido looks back at his final season fondly as a season wherein they earned every win they got and nothing was given.
"This season wasn't really easy, we won games that we've earned, they weren't given to us on a silver platter," Subido expressed. "We really had to work for every win, and I'm just really grateful and blessed to work for Coach Aldin, with my teammates, I have so much respect for them, and I have so much respect for the Thomasian community."
Subido, who had been part of UST's dark days after the Kevin Ferrer-era, was at least glad to also be part of their improbable rise back into contention.
"It wasn't easy, but I'm really glad, because whatever we achieved this season, it's all because of our coaches, our managers who believed in us, who never doubted us. Through hard work we were able to achieve a lot of things this season, and we're really blessed and grateful for all of those stuff."
With a talented crop of young stars in Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy, super-rookie Rhenz Abando, MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo, and incoming junior CJ Cansino, paired with the coaching of Aldin Ayo, Subido is confident that the Growling Tigers can once again achieve great things in the coming seasons.
"All I can say with this team, especially Mark, they’re just gonna keep getting better. I know Coach Aldin is not gonna settle for this. He’s gonna make his players better and also better persons. They’re not gonna stop working hard."