Almost Cinderella

Ah yeah, it took me 2 days to get this out. I was sad about the loss of the UST Growling Tigers to the De La Salle Green Archers in the 76th UAAP Men’s Basketball.

But that’s how the world goes, you win some, you lose some.

It was an inspiring story for the current crop of basketball players from my alma mater. No one thought that they would be a contender for the title this season of the UAAP. Heck, not even me. I’ve always thought that their wins were just because of pure luck.

But this breed was different. They had fire. Something that hasn’t been there for quite a while. And when they used that fire, they were almost unstoppable.

Imagine, the first fourth seed to play in the finals since the Final Four format was introduced in the mid-90s.

They beat last year’s champ Ateneo for a spot in the Final Four. Ousted top-seed National University to fight for the crown.

I always knew that DLSU had the advantage, since they had a stronger team plus tall guys. But the Tigers, while showing inconsistencies in their performances, had a big heart. It was that, the battle of strength versus heart.

But while UST did play with a lot of heart, it just wasn’t their season.

Their Cinderella story was cut short. By 2 points off overtime.

Still, I admired the sportsmanship shown by both teams during the aftermath of the game. Touched, even, by the chants of “Go USTe!” by the La Sallian crowd.

It was a good game, it was a good run. It just wasn’t meant to be.

But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for the Tigers.

And Aljon Mariano can redeem himself next time, if he won’t let the last game of the 76th season define him.

Time will come when the Cinderella will get to wear the glass slipper in the end.

Let that time be next year. 🙂

Go USTe!

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