It is unfortunate for a senior to say goodbye his alma mater and his team in his final year on the bench.
King Blazer Fons Saavedra, even with all the personal matters that he needed to attend to, did not leave his team behind. However, the Filipino-American had fractured his foot during the College of Saint Benilde Blazers’ penultimate game of the season against the EAC Generals last Tuesday.
“I stepped wrong and I fractured my foot. I learned that I wouldn’t be able to play [against Lyceum] after our practice yesterday,” Saavedra shared.
The 25-year-old stretch big man did not let this unfortunate incident hamper his swan song in the NCAA as he cheered his heart out for the entire 40 minutes of Benilde’s game against the Pirates. Being supported by crutches and with a walking boot on his left foot, Saavedra was a fan for a day, cheering on his underclassmen.
“I was really disappointed because at first they told me it wasn’t a fracture but then they find otherwise. I was really sad but it doesn’t matter,” Benilde’s skipper said.
“We won. I don’t care. I’m just happy we won,” the graduating BS HRIM student added.
“I haven’t felt that in two years. How wild it was. Everyone was just so happy.”
“Every time I’m here, I just wanna play. I wanna win. Our coaches know that, my boys know that. I’m just happy we won,” he beamed.
Moreover, Saavedra wants his juniors to sustain the intensity they displayed and to build on it for Season 93.
“I was just so happy. That’s how we should’ve been playing this season. I want people to know not the CSB that’s 0-17,” he remarked.
“That’s the CSB I want people to be seeing next year.”
However, just for one night, he just wants to enjoy his last day of being a Saint Benilde Blazer with good food and a cold one.
“We plan to go get some lechon and a bunch of San Mig. We’re gonna go have some fun,” he said as he bid his farewell to the NCAA.
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