Even courtside reporter Tricia Robredo lived NU's 'no regrets' mentality in UAAP 77

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 15, 2020 02:55 PM
Even CSR Tricia Robredo lived NU's 'no regrets' mentality
Tricia Robredo was National U's lucky charm in its historic championship in UAAP 77 - if the Bulldogs themselves are to be believed

National University had to take the rougher road to reach the mountaintop in UAAP 77.

First, the Bulldogs had to come out on top of Roi Sumang's University of the East for the fourth-seed.

Next, they had to come through against top-seeded and twice-to-beat Ateneo de Manila University with Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal showing the way.

Finally, they had to claim the crown at the expense of Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia-led Far Eastern University in three games, having lost the Finals opener.

In the end, though, at long last, Jhocson Street was to be the venue of a championship celebration anew.

National U won it all because it played every game like it was its last - and, well, many of those matchups could, indeed, have been its last.

That's exactly why in each and every game in that Cinderella run, they made sure to leave their all on the floor. "Ang battle cry namin nun was 'no regrets' kasi talagang ang dami naming knockout nun so nilagay namin sa board yun," head coach Eric Altamirano said in last week's The Prospects Pod.

He then continued, "We put it there, 'no regrets.' Ano man ang abutin namin, okay lang as long as binigay namin lahat. Every game, that's what we reminded each other."

Apparently, that mentality wasn't for coaches and players alone.

In fact, long before that Cinderella run, one person in the Bulldogs' camp was already having no regrets.

"Before the season, when ABS-CBN called me for my second and last, I was tentative pa kung babalik pa talaga ako kasi I was already in med school," courtside reporter Tricia Robredo shared in her surprise appearance in the same episode. "Pero yun nga, like sabi ni Coach E, mare-regret ko yun kung hindi ako bumalik."

Robredo was coming off her rookie year as CSR, but was already done with her premed course by then.

Meaning, med school proper was already awaiting her.

Years later, though, the 26-year-old now studying for the board exams has no regrets about her decision. "Lalo na nga nag-champion pa sila. Sobrang saya nila, very light ang atmosphere that season. Not only light, pero kahit hindi sila kina-count na isa sa mananalo, sobrang tatapang nila," she shared.

She then continued, "Kaya towards the end of the season, alam mong may chance kasi go lang sila. Sobrang inspiring to be in their presence kaya masaya naman akong naging part ako nun kunwari kahit 'di naman ako naglaro."

And for the UAAP 77 champions, they would not have wanted another CSR to be standing alongside them as they made history. As Coach E put it, "Well, sa akin, personally talaga, when you talk about NU Season 77, hindi mawawala si Trish."

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