FOR someone who had second thoughts of staying in San Beda for his final year, the result of his decision could not have been more worth it.
Kyle Pascual finished his collegiate career with a flourish, becoming one of the few players to win a championship in all his five years with San Beda following the Red Lions’ latest title conquest, a sweep of Arellano in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“I just feel really blessed,” the Filipino-American Lions center said in a chat with Spin.ph at the dugout. “It’s something that you don’t hear of very often.”
“There’s really no secret (to the success),” the 6-foot-6 slotman added. “I’ve just been blessed with so many great players on my team and so many great coaches.”
Pascual is the first NCAA player to notch the feat since Rommel Adducul, who was the star of the San Sebastian team that won five straight titles from 1993 to 1997.
It was a fitting farewell for the 24-year-old senior, who contemplated skipping his final season after he already accomplished his undergraduate studies in marketing last year.
But Pascual was convinced to stay as he took up a second degree in entrepreneurship.
“I decided last minute to stay and I can’t be happier with the decision I made,” said the Filipino-American cager, whom former coach Frankie Lim recruited in the US.
“Without him, I wouldn’t be here in the first place,” he said of Lim.
Now, Pascual is looking forward to the pros as he’s set to suit up for Kia.
“PBA is going to be a tougher game for me, but I’m looking forward to it and helping my new teammates and my new team.”
“Hopefully I can bring the winning tradition of San Beda to Kia,” he added.