Barkley Eboña stands tall against La Salle bigs
Barkley Eboña simply delivered the goods for the FEU Tamaraws.
Despite matching up against the towers of La Salle with the likes of 6-foot-10 Taane Samuel, 6-foot-9 Brandon Bates, and 6-foot-7 Mythical team member Justine Baltazar, Eboña stood his own ground and did not back down without a fight.
True enough, the 6-foot-5 big man amassed 12 points and 16 rebounds (10 from the offensive end) to help FEU escape against La Salle, 71-70, in a do-or-die matchup on Wednesday.
“Kailangan ko lang siguro ibigay yung best ko tapos kung anong task na binigay sa akin ni Coach O [Racela], sinuklian ko lang yung tiwala na binigay niya sa akin,” said Eboña.
Despite suffering from cramps in the late period, the 22-year-old still had to fill the void that import Prince Orizu left after being frustrated with foul trouble throughout the game.
“Kumbaga, inisip ko na lang siguro na wala ng bukas, ibigay ko na lahat. Kung ano man mangyari, wala, wala akong magagawa, ‘yun ang mangyayari,” Eboña shared.
FEU head coach Olsen Racela had nothing but good words for his big man after his gutsy performance.
“He just typifies the Be Brave spirit of FEU,” said the PBA Legend.
The way he goes for those rebounds, the way he defends. Ten offensive rebounds? Grabe yung puso ng batang ‘yun,” he added.