ALMOND Vosotros couldn’t be happier after getting a chance to atone for his misses in Game Three of the UAAP Season 76 seniors basketball finals.
Vosotros nailed a jumper in the dying seconds of overtime that gave the De La Salle Green Archers the lead for good, taking advantage of a University of Santo Tomas turnover from Aljon Mariano in the previous play.
That gave the former San Sebastian high school cager his first-ever UAAP crown as a Green Archer.
Prior to the game-winner, however, the 23-year-old guard was badly missing and even threw airballs during the overtime period of Game Three. He was also the defender when Jeric Teng nailed a turnaround fadeaway that gave UST a 69-67 lead.
But Vosotros was able to bounce back, faking a three-pointer and hitting a medium-range jumper for a 70-69 lead before LA Revilla hit a free throw to settle the final score.
“Nung overtime kasi, nag-struggle din ako. Sobrang marami akong tira na short na malalapit na,” said Vosotros.
When asked to talk about the game-winner, Vosotros said: “Kapag tinira ko ng three-points, baka hindi na naman ito umabot. Pagod na rin kasi ako, parang nagka-cramps na rin ako kaya inilapit ko na lang.”
Vosotros finished with 16 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the field including 2-of-8 from behind-the-arc as the Green Archers captured their eighth UAAP crown.
The Archers squad duplicated the feat of the 1999 La Salle team led by now pro cagers Don Allado and Ren-Ren Ritualo, team captain Francis Zamora and current Air21 head coach Franz Pumaren in beating UST in three games.
Vosotros can’t put into words how happy he was scoring the game-winner for La Salle.
“Sobrang saya, hindi ko ma-explain kung gaano kasaya. First title ko sa college. Iba ’yung feeling,” said Vosotros, who had former and current Green Archers Arvie Bringas and Yutien Andrada as teammates during their run of four straight championship in 2008 with the Staglets under head coach Raymond Valenzona.
The shooting guard said a lot changed since their 3-4 win-loss card in the first round.
“Wala pa kami nung first round kasi bagong system ni coach. Pero solid na ’yung teamwork namin nung second round,” said Vosotros, a Valenzuela native who has one more year left with La Salle.