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Rivero holds ‘no hard feelings’ towards La Salle as he faced former team wearing UP jersey
by Niel Victor Masoy, September 26, 2019 8:48pm
Former De La Salle University (DLSU) and now University of the Philippines (UP) guard Ricci Rivero made it clear that he holds no grudge against the Green Archers.
It can be remembered that Rivero had an unceremonious exit at La Salle after the Taft-based school ordered him, his brother Prince, and other teammate Brent Paraiso to go on a leave in 2018.
However, that ‘leave’ transformed into a permanent leave as Rivero left the Green Archers for the Fighting Maroons.
“No hard feelings. La Salle is really my second home, and I’m happy playing against them because seeing those crowds, I used to play for them. I used to give everything I’ve got for them,” said Rivero following UP’s 68-67 win over La Salle on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men’s basketball tourney at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I’ve said this so many times. Nung nasa La Salle ako, I was really thinking of myself playing for La Salle for my entire UAAP career,” recalled Rivero, who also played for the La Salle Green Hills Greenies in high school days in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Juniors basketball tourney.
“It was really an unexpected thing that happened to me.”
The contest between UP and La Salle saw Rivero being jeered by the La Sallians for virtually every time he holds the ball.
“I’m really happy that they booed me. For me, it felt really positive for me.” I took it really positively kasi that’s their way of supporting their team, especially me playing for the other team,” remarked Rivero.
“Sobrang yun talaga yung way nila, and yun talaga yung gawin to help the team.” Thankful ako na ginawa nila yun.”
After the pulsating game, Rivero made an effort to talk to his former teammates and new Green Archer Jamie Malonzo, who is a one-and-done player for La Salle.
“I really had fun playing against La Salle. I was talking to Aljun [Melecio], I talked a little with Jamie [Malonzo], and I talked to Brandon [Bates] about him not minding all the haters,” he shared.
“I know Brandon, I’ve been with him for a couple of months. I just told him not to mind all the haters because the haters will always be there, especially when you guys lose.”
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