MANILA, Philippines—It ain’t over till it’s over. That’s how Far Jap College’s graduating guard LJay Gonzales sees the problem within the Tamaraws’ remaining video games within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event.
Regardless of formally fumbling a ticket to the league’s Remaining 4 after the Tamaraws’ 81-64 loss to College of the Philippines at Araneta Coliseum, Gonzales stated he’s nonetheless pleased with how his squad performed in opposition to the Season 85 finalists.
“It hurts that we couldn’t make the Remaining 4 once more like final 12 months. Our season now had a whole lot of challenges and accidents so we simply gave our greatest not simply right this moment however even in apply,” stated Gonzales in Filipino.
“I’m nonetheless pleased with the way in which we performed even when we’re out of the Remaining 4. We’re nonetheless preventing to have exit.”
Gonzales went down firing with a game-high 20 factors within the loss however he shot poorly from the sphere, sinking simply seven of his 22 tries.
However going out of playoff rivalry doesn’t imply the highway is ending for the Tamaraws.
In reality, Gonzales’ mindset now’s to go down swinging within the squad’s final two video games, particularly as a result of it will likely be the tip of his profession within the Inexperienced and Gold jersey.
And on his method out, he needs to impart his information to the younger weapons of Morayta.
“For me, I’m simply guiding them as a result of I wish to share with them what I discovered too. I at all times inspire them, even when there’s no extra Remaining 4 for us, we should always play properly for us to have ending.”
“My mindset is I wish to finish the UAAP with good worth so once I get to the professionals, I’m okay. What I at all times take into consideration, once I step inside that court docket is that is my final 12 months, so I can present everybody what I nonetheless have.”
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