The UST Growling Tigers made it back to the UAAP finals after four years. And we all know that being able to finish that strong isn't easy, so much more to win a do-or-die match. Nevertheless, with their excellent roster of MVPs consisting of CJ Cansino, Renzo Subido, Soulemane Chabi Yo, and rookie Mark Nonoy, the team managed to stun throughout the game season.
Hands down to these ballers for always putting up winning moves and disciplined defense on the court which they couldn't have done without a true sense of Thomasian pride. Athletes who are as good in sports as them are tough to come by. So to see our Growling Tigers finally taking the spotlight again is nothing to take lightly. We're actually learning a lot from them that we could apply not just in sports, but in life in general. Here are a few lessons straight from our UST's pride!
Achieve a positive mindset.
"Of course I always expect that we’re going to win, we’re always preparing to win,” says Renzo Subido, making it a point to leave no room for defeat when things haven't even started yet. If this is what it means to live according to the law of attraction, then so be it.
Get your priorities straight.
Anyone would want to be recognized for their individual work. But as much as CJ Cansino is grateful to have been acknowledged on his own merit, he admits it's not what he's here for as part of a team. “Hindi ko talaga inaabangan yung mga numero ng kahit sinong player. Mas pinagtutuunan ko ng pansin kung paano kami maglaro as a team para makaabot kami sa Final Four,” the Team Cap once said and look where they are now a season later.
Be a team player.
The great Chabi Yo proves himself to be a dedicated Growling Tiger by imparting his skills on the court, embracing his limitations, and trusting what his teammates can do. “You have to be more mentally tough and finish stronger, so that’s what I did. I wanted it more, because everybody is tired, you have to give all your best in that time,” the real MVP said.
No sprained ankle could turn Mark Nonoy's game mode off. “I wanted to come back so I could motivate my teammates that even though it’s still painful I’m willing to come back for my team and inspire them,” he revealed after returning for the match versus UP despite injury. What's weathering a little storm if it means the good of the team, right?
The Tigers have made their point: Skills aren't the only way to secure a win. You need character and a heart for the team. With that, it's safe to say that, win or lose against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the Thomasian community is already guaranteed to welcome a champion home. Go USTe!
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