JR Gallarza admitted feeling ‘disrespected’ and ‘insulted’ with the hype that surrounded the UAAP men’s basketball game between University of the Philippines and Adamson on Saturday.
The UP forward scored a career-high 24 points in the Maroons’ 77-64 win over the Falcons in a game that brought so much attention to two teams which had been at the bottom of the pile all season.
UP even scheduled a bonfire celebration at the school’s Sunken Garden to celebrate a win that ended close to two years of futility for the Diliman-based squad.
“To be honest, I kinda felt a little bit disrespected and insulted that all the hype was coming to this game with two winless teams going at it,” said Gallarza. "It took that to bring out all the UP crowd."
“As a team, we went through so much since way back December and January that is why I felt it was a little bit insulting and disrespectful with the hype of this game."
He was nonetheless thankful for the fans' support.
“I know it means a lot to the community. I know they’ve been struggling to support us even through the big blows that we put them through. Just really goes out to them. A big thank you to all of them.”
Gallarza now hopes UP supporters will come out with the same energy in the team's succeeding games.
“I just wished that it would be like that and feel like, at least, an even match-up in terms of fan support in the gym. Because it helped us with the boost and energy even with Adamson on the run in the end,” said Gallarza.