While they can no longer change the outcome of the finals, Bo Perasol, head coach of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, made sure that his players — most especially those graduating — knew they achieved something special.
His squad’s early-season form didn’t suggest that the Fighting Maroons would reach the final 4, let alone surpass that stage. But here he was, delivering an impassioned and inspiring speech after finishing runners-up to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
“I do not want you to look down. I want you to be proud. Because I want you to be proud for them,” Perasol told his team, pointing out the groundswell of support his squad received for its spectacular run. “They are proud of you.”
He added that his players needed to give themselves more credit, because “nobody” expected them to reach the finals.
“The game is done, the finals is done. You need to be proud of yourselves. We were in the finals. Nobody expected us to be here. You have achieved so much. You have sacrificed so much,” Perasol said.
“That’s why they’re here. So don’t look down. We will be better.”
Coach Bo Perasol to UP Fighting Maroons after #UAAPFinals defeat: You need to be proud of yourselves. We were in the finals. Nobody expected us to be here. You achieved so much. You sacrificed so much. Do not look down. We will do better. (📽George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News) pic.twitter.com/rNIuxHVhSi
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) December 5, 2018
The UP Fighting Maroons have five graduating players, which included captain Paul Desiderio.
The others — Diego Dario, Jarrell Lim and Gelo Vito — all took to Twitter to show their appreciation following their final game as a Fighting Maroon.
— Jarrell Lim (@JarrellLim12) December 5, 2018
Never thought that I would be ending my UAAP career in the finals. It was an honor playing and fighting for this incredible school. Amazing ride, UP community! Wouldn’t trade it for anything. UP, maraming salamat. Diego Dario, #5, signing off. #UPFight 🙏🏼❤️
— Diego Dario (@Diego5Dario) December 5, 2018
I will never be able to put into words how it feels to represent UP. The five-year ride has been an honor and a humbling experience. I wouldn’t have spent it any other way. “Tito Vito” out! ✌🏼💯🙏🏼❤️ #UPFight #AtinTo
— Gelo Vito (@IAmGeloV) December 5, 2018
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