THIS early, the challenged has been posed on the National University Bulldogs.
No less than school chairman Hans Sy dared the team to go for a back-to-back UAAP men’s basketball title by next year.
“I want to,” said Sy in an interview with reporters when asked if he covets the Bulldogs to win a second straight championship during the victory party of the team at the NU grounds on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs recently broke their 60-year title drought after winning the Season 77 title at the expense of Far Eastern University last week.
And now, the son of taipan Henry Sy wants to achieve a feat only a few teams in the more than seven decades of the league have done in the past.
“If they keep their focus and this momentum, I think we have a very good chance,” said Sy.
The school official believes the task is attainable even with the loss of a host of big man led by Troy Rosario mainly because of the team ball system being employed by head coach Eric Altamirano.
“Talagang ang kalaban namin, hilo sila. Magaling si (Gelo) Alolino. There were days na si Troy (Rosario), there were days na si (J-Jay) Alejandro, there were days na iba-iba ang lumalabas. Kung may superstar ang kalaban namin, kami wala. Kung siya nabantayan, may mag-iistep-up,” said Sy.
“If we continue this, we have a very good chance,” Sy added.
Working as a unit was emphasized by Sy in his speech during the victory party held before NU students and alumni.
“The players, coaches, and the team managers had trust and respect with each other. They worked together as a team and they won together as a team. I hope our country learn from this that people need the trust and respect, and work as a team,” said Sy.
The NU chairman also had a simple message to the team which he hopes would be its battlecry by next season.
“Be hungry and stay hungry. Be humble and stay humble,” Sy said.