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Boys do cry: Ricci Rivero grows up before our eyes in DLSU’s comeback win over Ateneo in Game 2

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What do you do if your called for your fourth foul with your team down 19 points and the other team just 22 minutes away from bagging its payback championship?

If you’re Ricci Rivero, of course you’d cry.

He’s just 19 years old and the weight of the entire weight Green Archers universe has been placed on his lean frame.

But moments like this in Game 2 of the best-of-three UAAP Season 80 finals, when all hope seems gone and your team is on the brink of capitulating to its most hated rival, when boys become men. In Rivero’s case, when superstars become legends.

Rivero played 8 minutes in the first half where he scored six points but committed four fouls.

His emotional breakdown was seen by more than 15,00 fans at the Araneta Coliseum and to millions of viewers on live TV and stream. Some fans were quick to give a boost of confidence to Rivero on Twiteer.

But Rivero might have cried but he never gave up.

In the pivotal third quarter, when DLSU finally overtook Ateneo, Rivero scored 8 of his team’s 26 points. Ateneo scored only 8 points when it choked in the third quarter. He had two rebounds and two assists in just five minutes of play in the third quarter and was simply devastating. The Blue Eagles on court were stunned.

Rivero continued his dominating court presence in the fourth period with four more points to his tally and bringing back the Archers’ swagger to widen its lead.

Rivero had 18 points on 8 of 11 field goal shooting, with five rebounds and four assists. This is the beginning of the Ricci Rivero era, its time DLSU forget Jeron Teng.

The scintillating second half performance of “cry baby” Rivero is the biggest reason why the Archers are still alive in this series despite being down 21 points.
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