FOR the first time, brothers Jeepy and Bryan Faundo faced off in the PBA when Columbian faced Meralco on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Jeepy played for 15 minutes while Bryan saw action for three minutes, enough time to give the two a chance to guard each other in the second half.
“Siyempre happy ako kasi naabutan ko pa siya, kasi napapanood ko siya, elementary pa lang ako," said the 6-foot-4 Jeepy, a rookie out of University of Santo Tomas. "Siya happy din na nakapaglaro kami."
Jeepy, who at 23 is 11 years younger than Bryan, scored three points and grabbed four rebounds while Bryan was scoreless in the match won by Columbian, 86-85.
Jeepy said he and Bryan didn't pull any punches on the court.
“Parang wine-welcome ako ni kuya. Bigayan lang kami kasi minsan lang kami magkasabay na magkapatid. Fine-feel namin ‘yung moment na nagbibigayan kami ni kuya."
For his part, the 34-year-old Bryan was a ‘proud kuya.’
“Siyempre, una, proud na kuya kasi ‘yung kapatid mo nakuha na rin yung dream nya,” Bryan said. “Sana magpatuloy tayo at maging hardwork[ing] sya. Mag-sipag siya sa lahat ng ginagawa nya.”
Bryan said Jeepy had always wanted to face him in a PBA game. The second-round pick in the last PBA draft finally got his chance.
“Kasi gusto nya akong makalaro, matagal na. ‘Yun ang sinasabi nya sa akin na gusto nyang makalaro ako. Isa sa [wishes] nya kaya lagi nya akong inaasar,” said the elder Faundo.
Bryan also ribbed Jeepy when he missed a point blank shot off a Rashawn McCarthy drop pass in the endgame.
“Inaasar ko lang syempre, yung part na magkapatid nag-aasaran pag may nagawang palpak,” Bryan chuckled.
However, it was Jeepy who had the last laugh as the Columbian Dyip held on to pull off an upset over the Bolts.
"Siguro aasarin ulit ako non, siguro bawi nalang. Congrats sa kanila.” - With a report from Eugene Flores