IT'S not every day that you get a chance to take on your former team.
But on Tuesday, Arvin Tolentino had that opportunity when Wangs Basketball faced off against Chadao-FEU in the 2019 PBA D-League. And the 23-year-old made sure to make the most of it.
"Actually, yes (may added motivation)," he said playfully after tallying 17 points and 13 rebounds. "Pero I’m just trying every game to have the same approach, doesn’t matter kung sino yung kalaban. Nagkataon lang na maganda laro ko."
Tolentino's effort wasn't enough to save the Couriers from suffering a 71-63 loss to the Tamaraws, yet he enjoyed his time against his former teammates.
"Na-miss ko rin sila lalo na't magkakasama kami sa court, yun nga lang magkakalaban na kami ngayon," he said, glad to replicate their days in practice this time on the court.
"Yung relationship namin as a team, di mawawala. Magkakapatid kami hanggang dulo. Medyo may konting tawanan ulit kasi na-miss namin isa’t isa. Pero good game for both teams."
Still, it's a chapter of Tolentino's career he will always treasure as he now prepares to make the jump to the pros.
"Marami akong natutunan sa FEU, especially kila coach Olsen (Racela). Marami akong natutunan sa kanila, lalo na yung disiplina. Sobrang thankful ako sa kanila kasi kumbaga marami silang natulong sakin, not only as a player, pero as a person in general," he said.
Coach Olsen Racela is also happy to see Tolentino thrive outside of FEU as he expects to see the forward in the PBA soon.
"Arvin is a special talent," he said. "He's a 6-5 forward who plays in the perimeter and in basketball, yun ang hanap natin. Any team that will draft him will be very lucky to have him. Of course, he needs to improve yung ibang aspects ng game niya like his defense, but I know that he'll work hard on it."