Aljon Mariano is glad that he was in a position to return and play contained in the campus of College of Santo Tomas as a PBA participant even when Barangay Ginebra ended up on the dropping finish of Wednesday’s On Tour sport towards Meralco.
Mariano had eight factors and 4 rebounds within the Gin Kings’ 106-93 loss to the Meralco Bolts at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion earlier than bringing out his previous Growling Tigers jersey to pose on the heart courtroom of the gymnasium.
“It was very particular for me as a result of it’s a really uncommon alternative to play in your alma mater as a PBA cager,” Mariano mentioned in Filipino.
WATCH Aljon Mariano wears his previous Growling Tigers jersey as he poses for an image at heart courtroom of the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion following Barangay Ginebra’s sport towards Meralco within the PBA On Tour. | by way of Jonas Terrado, Inquirer Sports activities
Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Ginebra fell quick towards a Meralco squad that took management early on behind the new taking pictures of one other ex-UST cager in Allein Maliksi, who scored 13 of his 23 within the first quarter.
Mariano performed for UAAP seasons for the Growling Tigers from 2010 to 2014, highlighted in a pair of Finals appearances and was one of many trusted gamers of coach Pido Jarencio.
However there are nonetheless some followers, together with these inside the UST group, who’re nonetheless upset over Mariano’s late turnover which allowed De La Salle College to attain a go-ahead basket and finally win the UAAP title in 2013, a second which the cager later acknowledged as a life lesson.
That, nonetheless, doesn’t take away the fond recollections Mariano had skilled all through his time in Espana.
“In fact, I keep in mind the occasions I had with my teammates and coaches, in addition to seeing acquainted faces who had been a part of my journey,” he mentioned.
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