DE La Salle team captain Aby Marano said she couldn’t help but feel like a "failure" as she ended an accomplished five-year collegiate career on a disappointing note.
The charismatic La Salle star was reduced to tears after a top-seeded team that swept its 14 games in the eliminations to get thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals couldn’t find a way past a unfancied Lady Eagles side in the finals.
“Napakasakit na natapos na ganoon lang, ang sakit talaga,” said Marano as she gathered her thoughts while talking to a group of sportswriters inside the La Salle team bus.
"Feeling ko, failure ako."
Marano, however, said she found solace in the comforting words of her teammates as well as the cheers of La Salle supporters as the curtains fell on a career that saw her win three championships for the Taft-based school.
The emotional La Salle skipper also said she considered the shock loss in the finals as another challenge she simply has to overcome.
"Positive pa rin ako, kahit feeling ko nag-fail ako kino-consider ko pa rin na challenge sa akin ito ni God," she said. "Alam mo na meron syang future plans for me, better pa than this loss."
As she looks forward to a pro career in the Philippine Super Liga, Marano also looked back to the championships and accolades she has won in her career.
"For me, blessing pa rin ang three-peat namin, yung individual awards bonus na lang 'yon."