MANILA, Philippines – Carl Tamayo has worked his way up to a great rookie year for the University of the Philippines and an epic title at the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
“It simply came to our notice then. Every day, whatever the situation, there was an epidemic, I did not stop. I have created a way to improve my skills as a player. That’s all, don’t really stop, ”said Rookie of the Year after UP’s dramatic 72-69 win at Winner-Take-All Game 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.
“I’m very lucky. All the hard work pays off. There are no personal goals, I really do everything to win the team.”
(I worked hard every day. Whatever the situation, epidemic, I didn’t stop improving my skills as a player. I feel blessed to have achieved it. I had no personal goals, all I did was help.) The team wins.)
The two-time UAAP junior champion from Nazareth School, whose seniors’ debut was delayed due to the epidemic, is happy to continue their winning streak at UP under coach Goldwin Monteward, who finally ended a 36-year title drought behind a courageous game winner. Of JD Cagulangan.
“Coach Gold always reminds us to never give up no matter what happens. Heart in play, heart in practice. We are standing so that no one will give up, no matter what (play and train our hearts. We are standing on our ground), “said Tamayo. “After 36 years, we got the championship (we got it).
The 6-foot-7 forward, who averaged 13.28 points and 7.78 rebounds in 18 games in his first season, was limited to just six points in Game 3. But he knew his teammates would move on when it was most important.
“Our teammates, we know they are behind us. We made mistakes or we did well, I know they are there. Everyone knows that our teammates are for us, “said Mithikal, a member of the team.
“Until the last buzz of the game. I know, my teammates, we will make a way for us to win the game and we will win. “
(Our teammates got their backs. If we make a mistake or we play well, they will be there for us. I knew my teammates would do whatever it takes to win until the final buzz.)
After an impressive rookie year, Tamayo’s Sophomore season is just around the corner as the UAAP season is set to open on September 85.
For now, the 21-year-old wants to nurture his first championship at the collegiate level and take a short break from the basketball that comes from the exhausting bubble. And he promised that UP’s third UAAP crown would not end after ruling in the 1939 and 1986 seasons.
“We want to build a culture that is a winning team because of Coach Gold and his staff system, not UPR (pushover),” Tamayo said.
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