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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
AS THE University Games rages in its second day, fans are missing the University of the East. It pains Unigames president Roger Banzuela more being a Red Warrior tosser during his college days. But UE has to be suspended for a year and its basketball team for two years.
The reason: Coach Billy Reyes and consultant Boysie Zamar and their boys failed to appear in the finals last year against National University. That team decided to catch a plane for a previous commitment to play abroad which they thought was more important.
UE never thought to reach the championship but Ateneo de Manila U lost in the semifinal. NU was lucky to beat Adamson U in the controversial crossover. Of course, the Bulldogs snatched the title over the Blue Eagles who saved the day for the organizers.
It seems that the tenet which goes " the quitter never wins, the winner never quits" no longer applies in UE's case. It was an indiscretion on their part to leave the UNIGAMES hanging as the fans were expecting an exciting finale.
Time flies so fast as if it was only yesterday when the Red Warriors turned the faces of UNIGAMES officials flaming red. It must not happen again and UE paid the price. The organizers stood its ground and grounded the guilty party this year.
Questions rained last year. If UE were scheduled to fly to play in Taipei, the Warriors should have given the game to ADMU. Forfeiting third place will not bother much as Adamson U were furious of the end game calls against NU. The Falcons would have loved to skip its consolation game.
This week, we will not see that misfortune as collegiate competitions, especially in basketball, will be hotly contested as ever. Everybody wants to see and beat the new heroes of UAAP champion De La Salle University.
The rest will be aching to snap the arrows of the Green Archers who will get home court advantage as Negrenses will root for local boys LA Revilla, Luigi dela Paz and Kib Montalbo. Perhaps DLSU coaching staff will give enough playing time for former USLS Junior Stinger dela Paz and BTTHS/ SJI product Montalbo.
My apologies to dela Paz for missing him in TT's previous article "Sympathy Cheer" and likewise of failing to mention Clark Bautista, the son of Tata, who was with UST Growling Tigers.
UE's debacle gives us a neat lesson in sports and in life: always finish what you started.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 23, 2013.