IT WAS not too long ago when Gherome Ejercito was strutting his wares on the court as a calm and collected floor general for various teams in the MBA and in the PBA.
Now he sits on the stands, content to be a cheerleader as he proudly cheers for his son Marcos, who is trying to make his first team debut for San Beda.
“I’m very proud of him. Medyo iba yung feeling talaga e. Ambilis ng panahon. Napaka-ano, iba yung feeling na nakikita mo yung anak mo na naglalaro sa court,” said Ejercito who admitted that he has never felt as nervous in watching his son play in all his years playing pro ball.
“Nararamdaman ko na yung feeling ng mom ko na pinapanood ako nun, alam ko na yung pakiramdam. Ganun pala yun, parang di mapakali pag nanonood ka. Pero I’m very happy,” he added.
Marcos Ejercito, 21, is one of the many players from the Red Lions pool who’s looking to make it to the official roster for the NCAA.
But making the cut is tough for the second-generation cager as only Davon Potts graduated from their championship-winning lineup last year. The proud dad, however, vows to be with his son the rest of the way as he never runs never runs out of tips and words of encouragement to the aspiring cager.
He also hopes that his son gets the same intensity and hustle that he brought into the court when he starred for Adamson and most notably San Juan Knights in the MBA.
“Ano lang naman ako, sinabi ko sa kanya na once na pumasok ako sa court, I’m a different person. Aggressive, I play hard, I dive sa bola, sa defense talagang aggressive ako, gusto ko 100 percent,”Ejercito continued.
“Sabi ko sa kanya na once pumasok ka sa loob ng court, ibigay mo lahat. Kasi tomorrow’s a different game at tinitignan ang laro mo ngayon. Ibigay mo lang lahat,” he added.
Whatever happens, Ejercito is already happy to watch his son continue what he started in his younger days. But of course, it will be a different kind of fulfillment if he sees his son play for the Red Lions in the NCAA one day.
“Masaya talaga ako.. pero sana ma-line-up na talaga siya sa NCAA.”