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Mark Nonoy sees DLSU Green Archers transfer as a big challenge

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By ADRIAN STEWART CO

Mark Nonoy sees his transfer to the De La Salle University Green Archers from University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers as a big challenge to his young basketball career.

The La Carlota City, Negros Occidental-native Nonoy said in an interview with Fastbreak that he is very much looking forward to play under Green Archers head coach Frederick “Derrick” Pumaren.

“It’s a big challenge for me kasi madami akong ka-position sa La Salle,” Nonoy said. “Ako naman handa ako sa lahat ng challenges na ibigay ni coach Derrick at gagawin ko ang lahat para ma-reach ‘yung goal na team na mag champion sa UAAP.”

“I chose to join La Salle kasi dito ko nakikita na matutupad ‘yung pangarap ko na mag champion sa UAAP,” added Nonoy, who came close to winning one in his rookie season when UST placed second to Ateneo Blue Eagles last season.

“Gusto ko din na suklian ‘yung tiwala na ibinigay sa akin ni coach Derrick sa pagkuha sa akin. I am looking forward sa tough trainings dahil sanay naman na ako since when I am still with UST,” he further said.

Nonoy, the UAAP Season 82 Rookie of the Year awardee, admitted that it was a tough decision to leave the Growling Tigers but made the move for the sake of his basketball career.

“It was a hard decision kasi napamahal na sa akin ang UST but the past few weeks parang walang clarity kung ano ang status ng UST,” Nonoy said. “Madami akong natutunan sa UST na dadalhin ko sa DLSU.”

“Isa sa mga natutunan ko sa UST at kay coach Aldin (Ayo) yung pagiging student first at athlete second. Also ‘yung mga skills na itinuro sa akin ni coach, I-aapply ko rin ‘yun sa DLSU.”

“Mamimiss ko ‘yung suporta ng UST community, especially sa akin during my rookie year,” Nonoy said. “I am hoping that the DLSU fans and alumni will also support me. Gagawin ko ang lahat to help the school win championship sa UAAP.”