RJ has never been gun-shy.
Live underdogs are always dangerous in any sporting event. Capable yet not much is expected, they can pull off a huge upset at any given moment.
With a new coach in Denok Miranda, a few young gunners led by highly touted rookie Janrey Pasaol, and a highly motivated captain in Ljay Gonzales, the FEU Tamaraws seem equipped enough to crash the party in Season 86 of UAAP men’s basketball.
“Last year ko na, ibibigay ko lahat-lahat ng makakaya ko, ibibigay ko lahat ng best ko para sa team at sa FEU community,” the FEU captain said in an Instagram video posted by the UAAP Varsity Channel.
It was obvious how serious Gonzales was as he reflected on his final tour of duty for the Tamaraws. A former teammate of his, however, made light of the situation to perhaps ease the pressure on Ljay. Or maybe it was just a case of good-natured trolling between buddies.
“’Wag mo ibigay lahat @ljaygonzales13 pre, bigyan mo ko,” RJ Abarrientos commented.
Gonzales’ reply was quite thoughtful as he wished the sharpshooting guard the best of luck with the latter’s overseas career.
“Opo, pre. See you, pre, ingat palagi, pre. Goodluck sa career mo sa Japan, labyuuu,” Ljay responded.
After winning Rookie of the Year honors in the Korean Basketball League (KBL), Abarrientos is now suiting up for the Shinshu Braves in the Japan B.League. Gonzales meanwhile, will try to lead FEU to a Final Four appearance in Season 86.
“Sana makapasok ulit kami sa Final Four. Bonus na lang kung makapasok kami sa finals. Sabi nga nila, bilog ang bola,” said the crafty playmaker.
It will be a tall task with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the UP Fighting Maroons, the De La Salle Green Archers, and the NU Bulldogs getting in the way. But hey, it would be wise not to discount a live underdog.
Season 86 of the UAAP will kick off on September 30.