UAAP Season 82: Josafat leading by example
Mark Escarlote on Mar 07, 2020 04:08 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Lloyd Josafat played his best game so far in his young UAAP career.
The sophomore University of the East middle blocker dropped a personal-best 32 points that highlighted the Red Warriors’ rousing win over University of the Philippines on Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament.
But the 6-foot-2 player deflected all the credit in the victory that gave UE a taste of its first win after an opening day loss to tie its victim.
“Siguro kung hindi rin dahil sa teammates ko, hindi ko mame-meet 'yung 32 points,” said Josafat. “Ayun, lagi akong nire-remind ni coach na kalma lang kasi nga 'yung UP medyo may asar.”
“Sabi ni coach sa akin, kalma lang ako palagi,” he added. “Kagabi naka-mindset ako na kukunin namin 'tong panalo.”
The 20-year old Business Management student-athlete got 28 points on kills off 53 attempts while adding three kill blocks and an ace.
Josafat’s explosion was what the Red Warriors, who bowed down to Far Eastern University in their season debut, needed to counter the partisan UP crowd cheering the Fighting Maroons led by their flamboyant rookie Louis Gamban.
“Ang sinasabi ko lang, 'di lang sa sarili ko kun'di pati sa mga kasama ko na kumalma lang kami, one point at a time lang. 'Yun ang sinabi ko sa kanila, kalma lang. 'Wag tayo magpadala sa crowd ng UP,’” he said.
Josafat also pointed out that more than his dazzling display of his scoring prowess, the Red Warriors' hunger and dedication to cultivate a winning culture pulled them through.
“Siguro mas gigil kasi 'yun nga, mas bagong team kami,” said Josafat, who is one of the few sophomores who play as leaders for the squad laden with rookies. “So sabi ko, bago mag-start 'yung season, sinabi na namin sa mga first year na magtulungan tayo para maiangat 'yung UE. Para maiba 'yung tingin sa amin na laging nasa dulo. Ayun, magtutulungan lang kami lagi.”
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