Arriving in the Philippines in 2014 as a touted playmaker from London, Terence Mustre’s UAAP career might not have been all rosy.
Nonetheless, the son of former PBA player Mike is happy he made the trek from the United Kingdom to his parents’ motherland to play collegiate basketball.
“It was a good journey for me,” he said after Adamson’s season came to an abrupt end in the Final Four Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I experienced great competition here in the Philippines. I came here to see how basketball is. Sa London, I didn’t know what basketball is until I came here. It was a good journey.”
Mustre came off the bench in his final season with the Soaring Falcons, backing up both guard positions and playing in 13 games before missing the last two matches because of an injury.
“Na-injure ako after UP nung second round,” he shared. “Cartilage tear sa right knee. The doctor told me I need 2-3 weeks of rest.”
Although his averages of 1.5 points and 0.5 assists were not gaudy, Mustre’s experience and defense were crucial to the San Marcelino side’s success in his two years.
And after securing a bronze-medal finish this season, Mustre is nothing but proud.
“We’re happy. I’m really happy for my team and our coaches,” he stressed. “Lumaban naman kami e.”
Now that his UAAP career is over, Mustre has two options on what to do next.
“I submitted a form sa D-League. Let’s see how it goes. If wala, my parents want me to go back to London.”