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Padrigao no regrets on turning down Basketball Without Borders Camp invite for eventual Ateneo elimination

by Niel Victor Masoy, February 12, 2020 8:42pm

Forth Padrigao, together with his former Ateneo teammate Kai Sotto, got an invite to train in the Basketball Without Borders Camp from February 15 to 17 (Philippine time) in Chicago, USA.

It was a golden opportunity for the 17-year-old to hone his skills in the camp organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) where the top young talents from the world train together.

However, he passed up on the chance to focus on leading his Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the playoffs in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 High School Boys basketball tournament.

Padrigao’s sacrifice went to waste, though, as Ateneo lost to Adamson in a knockout stepladder Semifinals match on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Still, Padrigao shared he holds no regrets on declining the opportunity to train in the BWB camp where he won the Most Valuable Player award in 2018.

“Definitely, no regrets talaga kasi hindi naman porket sinacrifice ko yung isang bagay magiging successful ako dito sa isa,” said the 5-foot-11 Padrigao following the Blue Eaglets' 84-75 loss to the Baby Falcons.

“In life diba we take risks, sa risk na yun if nag succeed tayo, edi good, if we didn’t edi we learn from it.”

Against Adamson, Padrigao did everything he can to will his team to the win, pouring in 22 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals.

And just like him that's not regretting on declining the BWB camp invite, Padriago said the Blue Eaglets also have no regrets with the loss that booted them out of the tournament, insisting they gave it their all in the game.

“Yun pa rin yung naging problem namin, naging inconsistent kami. We had a strong start pero nag relax kami but then, at the end of the day, no regrets pa rin kasi we still gave it our all.”

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