The ending to their UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball campaign might have been tough and disappointing, but Tyrus Hill is ready to build on the gains of this year as the team aims to bounce back in 2018.
“Everyone knows what happened in this game,” he said after Adamson absorbed a disheartening and controversial loss to La Salle in the Final Four last week.
“It’s just heartbreaking that all the hard work and effort we put in this whole year to get to this day, the hard work that we gave in this game, it all went out in half-a-quarter,” he added. “It’s just disappointing.”
Hill was on fire from the get-go against the Green Archers, corralling five offensive rebounds in the first period alone after coming in as a substitute for Kristian Bernardo.
“I knew today was gonna be a tough game,” he shared. “I was just focused on helping out my boys, make sure we get the W tonight.”
Alas, the Soaring Falcons faded in the face of a searing rally by the defending champions to bomb out in the semifinal round for the second straight year.
Hill was one of the bright spots for the San Marcelino crew, posting 10 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
“If I gotta do everything I have to do, I’ll do it,” he said of his all-out approach to the Final Four matchup. “That’s what anyone on this team will do. I play for them, they play for me. We’re family.”
In a few days, the climb back to the top of UAAP basketball begins.
It’s bound to be a long one. After all, Adamson has not won the UAAP championship since 1977, back when head coach Franz Pumaren was just 14 years old and assistant coach Renren Ritualo hasn’t been born yet.
“We’re definitely gonna remember this day,” he said. “We’re gonna start our grind ASAP. Next week. Season 81 begins.”