MORE than disappointment, Raymar Jose said he is grateful for his unforgettable experience with Far Eastern University as his collegiate career came to an end on Wednesday afternoon.
Instead of sulking in defeat after a 68-69 overtime loss to Ateneo knocked FEU out of the title picture, Jose preferred to share with reporters the good memories he had during his time with the Tamaraws.
“Binigay namin ‘yung best kaya lang kinapos kami," said Jose, who, along with Monbert Arong and coach Nash Racela, bid the Tamaraws goodbye after the team failed to reach the finals for a third successive season.
"Sana next year, maging better para sa mga maiiwan,” Jose added.
In his final game with the Tamaraws, Jose finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a respectable follow-up to his 20-point, 23-rebound performance in the series opener last Saturday.
Jose said he learned a lot from FEU, making special mention of head coach Nash Racela as well as Mac Belo, the former King Tamaraw who is now playing for Blackwater in the PBA.
“Idol ko ‘yun,” Jose said of Belo. “The best talaga siya. Marami akong natutunan katulad ng working hard. ‘Yun siguro ‘yung nadala ko rin dito.”
“Si coach, marami siyang ginawa sa FEU. Sabi niya, be proud lagi at hindi naman dito nagtatapos ang basketball. Marami akong natutunan kay coach katulad ng pagiging disciplined at mag-sacrifice kasi grabe ang trabaho na ginagawa ni coach,” said Jose.
Jose also thanked the FEU community for supporting the entire team.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga nanood. Alam namin na kahit anong mangyari, nandun sila. Masaya ako kasi ‘yung effort, alam ko na ‘yung team namin lumaban talaga. Kinapos lang talaga kami siguro sa mga offensive rebounds. Siguro para sa kanila talaga,” Jose said.