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‘Hugot Game’ Neil Tolentino proves worth against former school La Salle

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Believe it or not, Neil Tolentino had a brief stint with the La Salle Green Archers.

The 6-foot-1 guard made his college debut in 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, only to be opted out of the final roster for Season 81.

Good thing Tolentino has found a home in Recto, and he has been doing great for himself.

In fact, Tolentino just had his revenge game as he was one of the key players who helped the Red Warriors stun Green Archers, 89-88, to get their first win of the season just this Saturday.

The former Letran Squire had a great showing for himself, tallying 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting clip.

“Alam ko kasing kaya naming manalo tapos ako rin, may hugot talaga ako sa game. Alam niyo naman, galing ako sa La Salle. Nagpapasalamat talaga ako kasi 0-3 nga kami tapos La Salle pa tinalo namin,” Tolentino shared.

The first year guard couldn’t help himself being emotional after the game, as he recalled his brief moment in La Salle.

“May hugot talaga ako kasi former La Salle ako. ‘Di ako napansin dun so ngayon, gusto ko ipakita na ito ako, kaya ko. Naiiyak ako sa game kasi gusto ko talaga manalo sa kanila, gusto ko ipakita sa kanilang ‘di ako basta-basta. Ngayon, gusto kong makabawi talaga.”

Tolentino is just grateful that UE accepted his talent, and he swore that he will do whatever it takes for the team to have a successful UAAP campaign.

“Actually, naramdaman ko na talaga yun sa training pa lang – ginagamit ako, pero nag-iba na so nung maka-cut na nga ako, nag-decide akong maghanap ng ibang school. Yun, nahanap ko ang UE na tinanggap ako nang buo,” he admitted.

“Kaya ngayon, kung anong matutulong ko sa kanila, binibigay ko lang.”