‘Ito na talaga ‘yung time para sa amin’ — Finals MVP Bagunas on winning the championship

After three years of championship drought at the expense of the Ateneo de Manila University, the National University finally broke the spell and clinched their third title in six years.

Behind this feat is Bulldogs’ scoring machine Bryan Bagunas.

Bagunas scored 22 points in Game 2 of the finals and waxed hot from the opening until they ended the match. He scored 17 points off attacks, four blocks and an ace.

The Batangas native said he dedicates this win to all the people who helped them reached this far. He added that he never doubted his team that they can dethrone the three-time UAAP defending champion led by Marck Espejo.

“Siyempre unang una inisip namin na ito na talaga ‘yung time para makuha namin ‘yung championship and sabi nga namin sa isa’t isa walang bibitaw sa amin hanggang dulo hanggang makamit namin ‘yung goal namin,” he said.

After three failed attempts, the Sampaloc-based squad finally scored an upset against their tormentors for three seasons.

According to Bagunas, they drew inspiration from their second round of eliminations victory against Ateneo as they beat the latter in four sets.

“Isa rin naman ‘yun sa kinuhanan namin [ng kumpiyansa] kasi nakuha na namin ‘yung teamwork namin. Sabi ko nga sa kanila na hindi tayo mananalo kung watak watak tayo. Kailangang solid tayo at kailangang magtulungan. Pero nakita ko naman sa laro namin kaya may kinalabasan talaga,” he said.

Even before the season started, Bagunas said he was told by his coach Dante Alinsunurin to step up and carry the team.

And he did not disappoint as they are crowned champions anew.

“Isa rin ako sa mga inaasahan ni coach. Umpisa pa lang ng season sinabihan na niya ako ng kailangan niya ako sa team. Pinakita ko naman na hindi kami susuko,” he said.

Bagunas in the same way was awarded the Finals Most Valuable Player.

But more than this feat, Bagunas said he is happy that his team worked really hard for the championship.

“Siyempre sobrang saya. Di lang ako ‘yung gumawa kasi ‘yung mga teammate ko tulong tulong talaga,” Bagunas added.

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