NEAR the end of the first round as University of the Philippines struggled, Bo Perasol wasn’t the most popular guy around Diliman.
A lot has changed since then.
Perasol sucked it in, rolled through the punches and is now one win away from steering the Fighting Maroons to their first finals appearance in 32 years.
Instead of feeling vindication, Perasol said that what he’s feeling is gratitude for the opportunity that swings his way.
“I really feel blessed. I was really praying and praying, give us one chance. Let us not put to waste what we have done in the eliminations. Give us one chance so we could prove ourselves,” said Perasol.
“It was something that we have to fight out with Adamson. I just feel blessed to have this one chance. After I eat, we still need to win the next game,” he added.
Perasol, however, knows that things are far from ever as they shoot for history on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Knowing how good of a team they’re facing, Perasol knows that they have to give everything in order to make history anew.
“They’re not the kind of team that’s just gonna fold right away. Kung iba pa yan, natambakan mo na dapat, but Adamson, with a very good coach in coach Franz, alam mo na hindi tapos yan hangga’t ‘di mo naririnig ang final buzzer,” said Perasol.
“In fact, after Paul made his shot, alam ko hindi pa talaga tapos. Iniisip ko nalang, wag lang mag-three points kasi may timeout pa ako para kahit naman, may chance pa kami sa timeout. Ganun talaga, you have to experience these games to be there,” he added.
Whatever happens there, Perasol will be holding his head high, knowing that his players are hell-bent on putting up a fight for the community.
“If the heads of our players will be our gauge, I can see that they refused to lose,” Perasol said.
“In the end, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s how we play the up and down game. We just have to do it again.”