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 towards the Season 85 finalists.
“It hurts that we couldn’t make the Remaining 4 once more like final 12 months. Our season now had plenty of challenges and accidents so we simply gave our greatest not simply at this time however even in follow,” 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 an excellent 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 competition doesn’t imply the highway is ending for the Tamaraws.
In actual fact, Gonzales’ mindset now’s to go down swinging within the squad’s final two video games, particularly as a result of will probably be the top of his profession within the Inexperienced and Gold jersey.
And on his manner out, he needs to impart his data 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 encourage them, even when there’s no extra Remaining 4 for us, we should always play effectively for us to have an excellent 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.”