THIS one is for Rutger.
Still mourning the loss of his brother, Rutger, a player in the NAASCU seeing action for the City University of Pasay Eagles, who died recently after being shot along with his girlfriend Doris Sara Besana, the show must go on for new Bacoor Striker Rocky Acidre in his homecoming in Valenzuela.
Like a true professional, Acidre played for the Strikers’ game against the Classic on Tuesday and helped his squad in coming away with an 88-81 triumph over the Classic.
In his return to the Valenzuela Astrodome, Acidre received the love and support of the local folks here, paying tribute to the man who played a key role in the Classic’s Final Four run in the inaugural Rajah Cup last season. He played on for the Classic until the early part of the elimination round before he got traded to Bacoor for Mikee Reyes.
“Alam mo naman sa Valenzuela, kapag naglaro sa kanila yung player, minamahal talaga nila, kaya thankful ako sa mga taga-Valenzuela,” Acidre told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview.
But Acidre had mixed emotions in his return to Valenzuela. He had to play in pain due to the loss of his brother, who died in a hospital after battling for life for several days due to the gunshot incident.
Every basket Acidre and the rest of the Strikes make, the veteran guard would point his fingers upwards, dedicating every big plays to his fallen brother.
Chaye Cabal-Revilla, wife of Strikers team owner Congressman Strike Revilla, has nothing but praises for Acidre, who showed his professionalism in continuing to play despite the difficult situation he is undergoing at this time.
“I really admire his sense of professionalism. We would like to dedicate this win to Rocky Acidre,” said Ms. Revilla.