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Saturday, October 5, 2013
UNLESS a Negrense is an Ateneo alumnus or an avid fan of the Blue Eagles, chances are he, she will be rooting for De La Salle University today.
It is a simple sympathy cheer while viewing Game 2 of the UAAP Finals for the sake of two local Green Archers in LA Revilla and rookie Kib Montalbo.
Kib, the son of Roger, is a product of Bacolod Tay Tung High School in his elementary days before finishing his secondary studies at St. John's Institute.
LA was from UNO-Recoletos grade school under former mentor Rommel Rasmo. The native of Barangay Sum-ag was scouted by and brought to Manila by Eric Altamirano (now of National University) and nurtured of what he is now.
Both Rasmo and Revilla are protégées of Coach E with Rommel becoming a successful mentor presently handling Sacred Heart School in Cebu.
While DLSU is trailing after that heartbreaking 72-73 loss to University of Sto. Tomas, chances are the Green Archers might return the favor today, with the help of your prayers.
It has been years since the La Sallians tasted the UAAP championship having been dominated by ADMU for the last several years. With the Blue Eagles gone in the Final Four, the Green Archers saw light in the horizon.
But then the Growling Tigers smudged the credibility of Coach Eric knocking down the Bobby Ray Parks-led Bulldogs in the semis. Coach Pido Jarencio brought his court toughness in his bench and surprised everyone by beating NU twice despite the odds.
Now here comes Game 2 on the line for DLSU. The Green Archers knew how to bounce back after suffering defeats after another in the early stage. Its arrows must find its target so that the Tigers will cease to growl.
LA for sure may have sleepless nights after his follow-up shot got foiled as time expired. The Green Archers learned their lesson that trailing, as the game nears end is a disadvantage. It always pays if your team is leading.
While it is true that the pressure is always on the leading team, there is also that possibility that the chaser will not be able to buy a basket and be pressured likewise by the clock. When that happens, a team is playing against time and result can be frustrating.
It happened in Game 1. It might happen again.
LA and Kib surely have remembered that loss. The duo and their teammates might have made a vow. It will not happen again.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 05, 2013.