Thursday, June 20, 2024

UAAP: LJay Gonzales nonetheless decided regardless of FEU’s missed Ultimate 4 bid

LJay Gonzales and the FEU Tamaraws UAAP basketball

LJay Gonzales and the FEU Tamaraws. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet 

MANILA, Philippines—It ain’t over till it’s over. That’s how Far Jap College’s graduating guard LJay Gonzales sees the problem within the Tamaraws’ remaining video games within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event.

Regardless of formally fumbling a  ticket to the league’s Ultimate 4 after the Tamaraws’ 81-64 loss to College of the Philippines at Araneta Coliseum, Gonzales stated he’s nonetheless pleased with how his squad performed in opposition to the Season 85 finalists.

“It hurts that we couldn’t make the Ultimate 4 once more like final 12 months. Our season now had a variety of challenges and accidents so we simply gave our greatest not simply right this moment however even in follow,” stated Gonzales in Filipino.

“I’m nonetheless pleased with the best way we performed even when we’re out of the Ultimate 4. We’re nonetheless combating to have exit.”

FEU Tamaraws' LJay Gonzales.

FEU Tamaraws’ LJay Gonzales. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

Gonzales went down firing with a game-high 20 factors within the loss however he shot poorly from the sector, sinking simply seven of his 22 tries.

However going out of playoff competition doesn’t imply the street is ending for the Tamaraws.

In reality, Gonzales’ mindset now could be to go down swinging within the squad’s final two video games, particularly as a result of will probably be the tip of his profession within the Inexperienced and Gold jersey.

And on his manner out, he needs to impart his information to the younger weapons of Morayta.

“For me, I’m simply guiding them as a result of I need to share with them what I discovered too. I all the time inspire them, even when there’s no extra Ultimate 4 for us, we must always play properly for us to have ending.”

“My mindset is I need to finish the UAAP with good worth so after I get to the professionals, I’m okay. What I all the time take into consideration, after I step inside that courtroom is that is my final 12 months, so I can present everybody what I nonetheless have.”

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