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After missing out on their title glory last year, Adrian Wong raring to go back for Ateneo's UAAP defense

After missing out on Ateneo's UAAP 80 conquest, Adrian Wong wants to be part of the Brotherhood for their title defense. Franchesca Nicole Collantes/Dugout Philippines
By Kevin Estrada

PASIG -- The last time Adrian Wong played college basketball was Dec. 7, 2016 when La Salle swept his Ateneo to claim the 79th season of the UAAP Men's Basketball tournament.

Everything went well for the incoming junior wingman after his first two years, but an ACL injury during one of their practices have ended his 2017 sooner than expected.

But the Blue Eagles regrouped and reclaimed the UAAP title that same year sans him with Matt Nieto and Tyler Tio stepping up in a role as a press-breaker.

Fast forward to July of 2018 and Wong has reclaimed his old form that led to a treble of preseason tourneys as well as taking part of the first collegiate side from the Philippines to play in the prestigious Jones Cup in Taiwan, where he helped Ateneo nabbing the fourth place finish.

However, he admitted that his aim is to return to the squad in time for the 81st season of the UAAP, in which he will finally play his third year of eligibility to help retain the crown in the southern side of Katipunan.

"It feels great to the back. I'm really escited to play in the UAAP again," Wong said after their homecoming on Tuesday in Ortigas. "I'm so much more hungry to defend the crown."

As he made up for lost time due to his injury, Wong takes serious steps in rejoining the already loaded Blue Eagles.

"We're willing to give up for the team just to win the championship."

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