by Franchesca Nicole Collantes
MANILA - Arvin Tolentino was still haunted by how the FEU Tamaraws ended their almost finals ticket when he dropped the ball during their game at the Final Four against the Ateneo Blue Eagles last UAAP Season 80.
Tolentino shared that, "To be honest naisip ko talaga yung last year, last year we had a chance na makapasok sa finals and I blew it up. Yung nasayang ko na opportunity, yung last shot namin lagi kong naiisip."
He also added that "Yun talaga ang naisip ko kanina, sabi ko never again, never again.",
But Tolentino was still able to redeem himself after his clutch three-point shot during the last 7 seconds of the game against the DLSU Green Archers. With that clutch three-point of Tolentino, Tamaraws claimed the last spot of the Final Four.
Tolentino got 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks that greatly helped on the Tamaraws win.
Tolentino mentioned to us post-game how his efforts paid off and how thankful he is to FEU, "I've been working hard since I got to FEU. I changed myself, my coaches changed me, I just wanna give everything para sa FEU."
He credited his teammates and mentioned that, "Baka isipin ng mga tao na we won because of me, because of my shot pero its as big as any basket na nagawa namin this game."
Also, he gave credit to Parker, "It was actually because of JR (Parker) yung tira ko rin actually nakuha ko yung bola. Si JR (Parker) kasi yung best creator namin magaling kasi siya mag penetrate. So ayun, I checked back lang 13 secs pa and tinawag ko siya and naging ready lang ako."
With that Tamaraws win, they will face the ADMU Blue Eagles on the Final Four once again, this Sunday, 3:30 pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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