NORBERT Torres has vowed to do everything to extend the UAAP Finals to a Game Three - even if it means missing his own college graduation.
De La Salle's Fil-Canadian center is set to finish his Sports Studies course in La Salle this month. The problem is, his batch's graduating rites will be held on October 12, which will run smack into Game Three of the UAAP championship series.
If the Green Archers atone for a 72-73 loss to University of Santo Tomas in Game One with a victory on Saturday aftertoon, the wide-bodied center will have to sit out the ceremonies which were originally slated on October 9 but later moved to October 12.
“Game Three is the day of my graduation so I won’t be able to make it to the march (if there is a Game Three),” the 23-year-old Torres bared.
“It’s still sad but I got to make sacrifices,” said Torres.
It has been a long up-and-down journey so far for Torres, who had to take two years of residency before finally suiting up for the Green Archers’ UAAP team in 2011. Now he has a chance to win the first championship of his collegiate career.
“Every time you make it to the championship and get this opportunity, it’s always worth the wait,” he said.
Torres expects an uphill climb against UST, which he said has the edge in experience after losing to Ateneo in last season’s finals series.
“I know that they will come out intense especially because they have a lot of experience. Most of them have been in the finals so I guess they are familiar with this territory,” said Torres.
Still, he welcomes the challenge.
“It’s a good test for us. We have achieved a lot of goals this season so making it to the finals is a big test for us,” said Torres. “It’s another great opportunity for me and my basketball life. I’m going to make the most out of it.”
Although he has completed a four-year course, Torres said that this year won’t be his final season with the Green Archers as he plans to take a masteral degree related to teaching.
“Somewhere along those lines,” said Torres, when asked if he wants to be a teacher someday.
“But I’ll still try to pursue basketball after La Salle,” he added.