BROTHERS Ricci and Prince Rivero were in attendance to witness their alma mater La Salle Greenhills finally win an NCAA juniors basketball crown.
The Greenies pulled off a 75-74 win over last year’s champion Mapua for their first-ever NCAA crown in Season 93 since returning to the league in 1998.
The win came a day after the Riveros, who played and fell short of leading the Greenies to a championship, will also plunge into action as the Green Archers go up against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday.
The siblings were both proud of the feat but had different views on how the championship affected them heading into their own title battle against Ateneo on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Wala naman siya connection,” said the younger Rivero, who last played for LSGH in 2015. “Sobrang natuwa lang ako kasi at last, nanalo ‘yung La Salle Greenhills.”
Prince, meanwhile, said he is also proud of the Greenies’ victory. The 2013 NCAA juniors MVP, who led the LSGH to the finals but lost to San Beda that year, said the Greenies title conquest gives him added inspiration in the grudge match with the Blue Eagles.
“Hopefully, it’s going to help me and my brother also na ma-boost ‘yung confidence namin in the games,” said the elder Rivero.
“A lot of people have said that this is not our year. But what my coach (Aldin Ayo) said, we don’t believe in fate. We believe in faith because we have faith in God, so much for this coming championship game. Whoever deserves this will get this kasi fair naman si God,” he added.