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    L-Jay Gonzales plays through injury to help push FEU to first victory

    Sep 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    L-JAY Gonzales took his all-around performance to the next level in Far Eastern University's rout of University of the East.

    The sophomore playmaker had a solid stat line with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals

    His Tamaraws teammates felt Gonzales could have recorded a triple-double, but the 20-year-old Gonzales insisted that he won't lose sleep over it since FEU got the win.

    "Sinabihan ako kanina ni Bryan (Sajonia) na kulang pa ako ng dalawang rebound," he said.

    "Ako, okay na yun basta mahalaga nandito ako at naka-focus lang ako sa game. Nage-enjoy lang ako sa laro, wala akong iniisip na marami, at relax lang pag nasa akin yung bola."

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    Gonzales is focusin on being a court general, saying he truly loves sharing the rock with his fellow Tamaraws.

    "Pag nakakapasa ka ng maayos, ang sarap ng feeling. Tapos pag nakakashoot ka, parang wala lang dahil naglalaro ka lang ng maayos," he said.

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    Making the performance more impressive is that Gonzales is dealing with a nagging Achilles injury.

    "Sumasakit nga eh. Tinanong ni coach Olsen kung masakit o kaya ko, pero ok naman," he shared, braving through the pains to help deliver FEU its first win in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament.

    "Humingi lang ako ng gamot, uminom lang ng Berroca. Inisip ko lang na galing kami sa talo at kailangan naming manalo at kailangan naming mag-bounce back. Blessing yung panalo sa amin."

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