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Inspired by late grandpa, Yu puts up stellar play against Lyceum

by Niel Victor Masoy, November 08, 2019 8:44pm

Fran Yu put up a solid performance and led the Colegio de San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights to a 92-88 Semifinals win over Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The 5-foot-10 point guard unloaded a team-high 20 points, on top of six assists and five rebounds as Letran advanced to the National Collegiate Athletic Association season 95 Men’s basketball tournament Finals to face its rival and the defending champions San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions.

In a short chat with Courtside Philippines, Yu shared that he had his late grandfather Rosario to thank for his inspired game.

Nagdasal kasi ako sa lola ko eh. Sabi ko bigyan niya ko ng lakas, forever kong magiging inspiration lolo ko,” said Yu. 

“Kaya ako may rosary dito eh kasi Rosario pangalan niya,” uttered Yu, pointing the rosary tattoo on his right forearm.

Yu added that he and the rest of his teammates just wanted to win for their graduating players in Jerrick Balanza, Bonbon Batiller, and Christian Balagasay.

“Thankful ako kasi binigay samin ni Lord (itong panalo) atsaka pinaghirapan namin ‘tong panalong ‘to,” remarked Yu.

“Para sa kanila yun sa mga seniors namin kaya kami pokpok talaga, kasi pag natalo kami dito wala na. Gusto pa namin sila makasama ng matagal eh kasi yung bonding namin sobrang iba.”

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