“Kahit Sa NBA May Haters” Bonbon Batiller shrugs off doubters in must-win game over Baste
The Letran-San Sebastian Final Four matchup was the perfect stage for him to prove his doubters wrong.
The Knight’s two-week layoff proved to be helpful for the the 5-foot-11 Batiller, who was hampered with back problems at the end of elimination round.
“Sobrang laking tulong yung two-week preparation lalo na sa akin kasi marami akong nararamdamang sakit, lalo na sa likod. Medyo okay yung preparation namin, kasi nakabalik ako sa one hundred percent,” he shared.
The stage was all set for the stepladder round, and expectations became much loftier for the Knights due to their playoff experience.
However, Batiller has been the subject of harsh comments by most NCAA fans due to his head-scratching plays and inconsistent productions.
For the former UE guard, he knows that there will always be doubters in the realm of basketball and he just tries to improve along the way.
“Kahit sinong player naman ganun naman iniisip nila kapag may haters sila, dagdag motivation na lang sa kanila,” Batiller stated.
“Tsaka nagpapasalamat ako sa mga haters ko kasi dinagdagan nila yung kumpiyansa ko at lakas ng loob ko. Hindi naman maiiwasan yung haters, kahit sa mga NBA players nga diba?”
Still, that doesn’t mean that the Gensan isn’t too hard on himself whenever he does not contribute when it matterd most.
“Ngayon ko lang ito sasabihin — kasi noong natalo kami sa Beda, umiyak talaga ako kasi nga kapag kalaban namin mga championship contender, wala akong nagagawa,” he said.
“Sabi ko sa mga teammates at coaches ko, ‘sorry wala akong naitulong sa inyo pagdating sa big games’ kaya sabi ko pagdating sa Final Four sana makabawi ako sa inyo.”
Indeed, Batiller fulfilled his promise when his 14-point and six-rebound performance helped Letran to knock out San Sebastian in a do-or-die stepladder matchup, 85-80, on Tuesday.
Now the Knights are facing a daunting task of overstepping the Pirates squad this Friday.
“Kasi main goal namin talaga una Final Four, tapos next championship kaya one game at a time lang kami. Ngayon Lyceum, hindi pa namin natatalo noong eliminations kaya medyo dumadagdag sa amin yung motivation na talunin namin sila,” Batiller ended.