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Dennison assures FEU is in safe hands for Season 81 after his UAAP swansong

For Ron Dennison, FEU is in safe hands come UAAP Season 81. Franchesca Nicole Collantes/Dugout Philippines
By Kevin Estrada

PASAY CITY -- Even with the graduation of Ron Dennison, FEU is in safe hands for next season.

With the final buzzer sounded after their overtime loss to Ateneo in Wednesday night's knockout game, it marked the end of a storied college career of the Cebuano guard, whose Tamaraws went to the postseason in every season he played in, and won a UAAP title in his junior year.

However, first-year head coach Olsen Racela was nothing but heaps of praises not just for his captain, who only scored four points in 24 minutes of his UAAP finale but to his team who have grown leaps and bounds despite finishing the season with an even 8-8 card overall.

"Yung growth ni Ron, is a reflection nung growth ng team," he said in his exit interview about his leader. "He has a bright future ahead of him, andaming team ang mag-iinteres sa kanya," he said afterwards.

While trying to hold back his tears, Dennison credited his alma mater for the opportunity of a lifetime playing for the Tamaraws, after coming under the shadow of Paul Desiderio when he was recruited by former mentor Bert Flores from UV High School in Cebu.

Dennison even retold what Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin said to him moments after a classic overtime game.

"Sinabi niya sa akin, 'I have a bright future'," the defensive-minded guard recalled.

For him, the future of FEU basketball season is in safe hands for  next season, after guiding the trio of transferees Jasper Parker, Hubert Cani and Arvin Tolentino in playing the best basketball all season long, and hopes that the winningest team in UAAP history is hoping to go for greater things in season 81.

"Siguro next year, isang magandang year yan para sa FEU. Sobrang solid nila, kasi lalo na yung pinagdaanan namin this year. Kaya't tiwalang-tiwala ako na babawi sila, lalo na kay coach Olsen na ibibigay niya talaga ang lahat para makapag-finals," he concluded.

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