Published on August 16th, 2014 | by Deion Bandril0
The Next Chapter: Featuring Almond Vosotros
In the past year, the highly-celebrated Green Archers have won championships in three different leagues. This includes the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2013 Philippine Collegiate Champions League, and the 2014 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup. All of these championships would not have been achieved without great team work and veteran leadership. From being the ones hitting the clutch shots or the inspirations of the rookies, veterans like Yutien Andrada, Almond Vosotros, and Norbert Torres are here to motivate the team in winning the UAAP Basketball championship once again. Playing for the Green Archers for 4-5 years has been a great experience. Now we want to take a look at what the veterans are planning after their UAAP careers.
Almond Vosotros follows Norbert Torres in our three-part series. The former San Sebastian Staglet has been playing for the Green Archers for five years now. Standing at five feet and ten inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, he is known for his long-range shooting, ability to shoot anywhere, anytime, and his polished defense that often taller shooting guards find to be pesky.
One of the prized recruits of Dindo Pumaren, Vosotros always took the opportunity to excel on the court. He has been playing big minutes ever since his rookie year and it helped him cope with game-deciding moments such as his go-ahead basket in the final seconds of last year’s Game 3 of the Finals versus UST. Now he’s looking to cement his legacy as one of DLSU’s finest players. Like any other player, he is targeting to sweeten his exit by ending his UAAP career with another championship.
Deion Bandril: In one word define the UAAP experience. Why so?
Almond Vosotros: Based on my experience? Sa akin? Exciting. Sobrang daming fans na naghihintay at talagang sinusuportahan yung UAAP.
DB: What does it mean to be a leader in this team?
AV: Actually di lang naman ako yung leader, like marami kami leader kasi marami kaming veterans sa team. Siguro ako na rin tinitignan ng mga rookies, especially yung mga rookies ngayon. Sobrang sumusunod talaga sila sa amin.
DB: What motivates you to become a leader? How do you push and motivate the team?
AV: Siguro start sa practice and then talagang nagfofocus ako sa practice. Kung nakita nila yung mga seniors na naggo-go hard sa practice, kahit di naman namin sinasabihan sumusunod talaga sila.
DB: What keeps your composure in crunch time?
AV: Actually nasanay na ako kasi since my rookie year minsan nagagamit ako sa crucial situation. So parang sanay na rin ako siguro. At di ko naman din gaano iniisip na crucial, not like for example, last two minutes na. As in di na pumapasok sa isip ko yun. Talagang linalaro ko lang every possession.
DB: How was it playing for DLSU in the UAAP?
AV: Yun nga, sobrang saya. Lalo na kung sobrang proud ka sa school mo. And talagang binibigay mo lahat para magchampion kayo. Para yung community sobrang sumusupport pa rin.
DB: If future Lasallians would hear your name, what do you want them to think?
AV: Siguro, being a leader sa team then yung discipline mo and respect sa lahat ng tao, from coaches to all Lasallians.
DB: What legacy do you want leave here in DLSU?
AV: Sinasabi ni Coach Juno para maalala kami ng mga rookies lalo na yung rookies ngayon na dapat being a leader sa team, then yung respect mo sa coaches and discipline mo. As in eto kung varsity ka sa school tinitignan ka ng mga estudyante. Yun nga disciplined.
DB: After UAAP, what’s next?
AV: Jojoin ako ng D-league, kasi di na ako aabot this year sa draft pick. Siguro next year na lang magjojoin ako ng PBA.
DB: What lessons can you bring to the next chapter of you basketball career?
AV: Experience ko at kung paano ako magprepare sa game. Like sa practice pa lang minomotivate ko sarili ko na dapat ibuhos ko lahat sa practice. Yun nga sa practice dapat todo bigay lahat para pagdating sa game di ka na maninibago.
With Almond Vosotros being one of the vocal leaders in the team it could really help the rookies. Setting as an example towards the rookies is one way to learn from the veterans of the team. Citing discipline, zeal, and respect as values of a champion, it was truly one fruitful five-year ride for him.