SOMETIMES the pressure gets even to the high and mighty.
Former ambassador and top De La Salle patron Eduardo `Danding’ Cojuangco admitted he was a bundle of nerves in Game Three, more so with the Archers trailing University of Santo Tomas' Tigers for the most part.
“Talagang kinakabahan ako. I thought from the start it was anybody's ball game,” Cojuangco disclosed to Spin.ph, as he looked back at that third-quarter stretch when the Archers trailed the Tigers, 25-40.
Good thing, the Archers rallied and completed their fightback for a 71-69 overtime win to clinch a championship in only Cojuangco's second season back as the team's major backer.
The former godfather of the country's basketball program during the Marcos regime is also the architect of the Archers' resurgence, having led the recruitment binge that landed Jeron Teng from Xavier School, Bacolod sensation Kib Montalbo, and Cebu-based Ben Mbala who is red-shirting for the team.
Teng became the Finals MVP in only his second season with the Archers while Montalbo and Mbala figure to play key roles when the team bids to continue its dominance in the next few years.
However, even Cojuangco admitted that he was on the edge of his seat for most of Game Three, which La Salle didn't win until Karim Abdul missed a three-pointer from the deep right corner in the dying seconds of overtime.
“I'm very proud of them, but most of all I thank the Lord Almighty for giving us this win,” said the business tycoon, one of the country's richest men.
“I expected it to be a very close game, and God was good to give this to us.”