Hapee's college stars deserve a little 'happy happy' as long, successful season winds down
Hapee standouts Troy Rosario and Ola Adeogun unwind after a game. Karlo Sacamos

CHAMPIONS deserve to unwind sometimes.

Nearing the end of a long, successful season, college stars and current Hapee teammates Troy Rosario and Ola Adeogun decided to take a breather and went out for some drinks with friends after the Fresh Fighters’ 70-55 win over Café France in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Monday.

San Beda center Adeogun admitted it has been one grueling season indeed, where the Red Lions have been rewarded with a championship in both the NCAA and the Philippine Collegiate Champions League

The Fresh Fighters likewise remain unbeaten after six games.

“Pagod talaga pero panalo kami, so parang nawawala yung pagod,” Adeogun said in a chat with Spin.ph while hanging out at Alamat ng Garahe, a newly opened bar near San Beda’s Mendiola campus.

Rosario, a vital cog in the National University Bulldogs’ improbable title run in the UAAP a few months ago, echoed Adeogun’s sentiment.

“Yung achievement na nakuha namin, parang yun pa yung nagbibigay ng energy sa akin.”

Still, both big men took advantage after Hapee coach Ronnie Magsanoc gave them a two-day break.

“Pag may pahinga at free time ako, kinakalimutan ko ang basketball talaga,” Rosario said. “Gagawin ko kung ano gusto ko gawin."

“Pero pag araw ng basketball, basketball lang talaga iniisip ko,” he was quick to add. “Pag nabigyan kami ng break, break lang talaga. Para makapag-relax.”

“Off the court, I just chill,” Adeogun said. “Nawawala yung pressure, you can do whatever you want, you can dance or sing, unlike on the court, you have to do what coaches want you to do, parang to get away from those lang.”

“Pero time management lang,” the Nigeran slotman continued. “How you could give yourself rest like last night, that was the first time I went out in a while.”

It was Adeogun’s first time to spend the night out since the Lions’ victory party last month that followed their fifth NCAA men’s title.

“You have to take care of your body, stay away from alcohol, and sleep early, that’s why I was able to live through the tough schedule,” he stressed.

Did they ask permission from Magsanoc to drink?

“Okay lang siguro sa kanya as long as we take care of our bodies after, pero hindi ko sasabihin kay coach muna,” Adeogun said with a smile.

Magsanoc admitted his players need a break ahead of their last game of the year on Monday against MP Hotel Warriors.


“Bugbog rin ang mga 'yan eh. Non-stop ang laro nila,” the affable mentor said. “Maski na bata ang mga 'yan, napapagod rin yan.”

“So we’re looking forward to closing out the year with a win.”

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