MAC Andaya rued what could have been for Carga Valenzuela in the second leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup on Sunday.
"Sayang nga eh," he said.
The Classic were forced to forfeit their game against Bacoor, but with Paolo Hubalde and Chris de Chavez coming straight from Zamboanga, they went on and beat Vigan Baluarte, 21-20.
As inspiring as that win was, the loss via default was just too much for Carga Valenzuela as it failed to return to the semifinals.
Still, Andaya was happy with the fight his side showed at SM Megamall Events Center.
"May commitment yung mga kasama ko sa Valenzuela, may game sila kagabi sa Zamboanga. Miracle na nga na umabot sila. Pero at least napakita namin sa mga kalaban na we're not pushovers and we're here to compete," said the former PBA center, who had stops at Talk 'N Text, Red Bull, Air 21, and Rain or Shine.
Like in the five-a-side game, Andaya's 6-foot-9 frame was still a difference maker for Carga Valenzuela despite him already being 37 years of age, making his adjustment to the halfcourt game a little bit easier.
"Sanay naman ako dahil diyan kami nagsimula, sa three-on-three sa kalye. Parang bumalik lang ako sa kabataan pero mas improved na ngayon, kasi mas malakas kami, mas malaki, at mas nagagwa namin yung gusto namin sa court compared nung bata kami. Mas matured na kami sa laro," he said.
If there's one thing the Classic showed in this leg, though, it's that they are no pushovers, and the top contenders should fear them if they get slotted in one pool
"Maganda yung nangyari para mapakita namin sa mga teams in the next legs na we're gonna be here to compete and hopefully we get the championship," he said.
And this early, the hulking Andaya has his eyes set on revenge, starting in the third leg on Friday at SM Fairview Events Center.
"Siguro malas ako ngayon. Pero we'll do better compared to the first two legs. Maybe on the third leg, we'll become champions," he confidently said.