IN his return to the NCAA finals, Javee Mocon doesn’t want to feel the pain of losing all over again.
Mocon had an impressive outing for San Beda in last year’s championship series against Letran, only to see his effort go for naught as the Red Lions went down in defeat in the deciding Game Three.
He swore never to experience that again as the Red Lions once advanced to the finals against the Arellano Chiefs, gunning for a ninth championship over the last 11 seasons.
“Since nung natalo kami last year, after ng finals, nag-training kami, dun pa lang, gusto ko na mag-start ‘yung season,” said the Red Lions guard. “Ayoko na maulit. I don’t want to remember the feeling kasi sobrang sakit talaga tapos archrival pa namin.”
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Mocon once again provided the spark for the Red Lions in the Final Four rubber match, finishing with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks in the 78-63 victory over Perpetual Help on Tuesday.
San Beda will face on Arellano beginning on Thursday to start off the best-of-three showdown, an opportunity that the Red Lions have long been waiting for.
“We waited so long for this. Championship uli, sana makuha na namin this year."
Mocon’s teammates were impressed with his play in perhaps the most crucial game of the year for the Red Lions.
“Tignan mo naman si Mocon, ang liit liit, nakakuha ng 15 rebounds. Lahat naman sa team magagaling. I know na kaya din nila maglaro,” said San Beda guard Robert Bolick.
This early, Mocon is zeroing in on the chance at the crown against the Chiefs.
“We are not yet done here. We still need two wins and that’s all I’ve been thinking,” said Mocon.