Urbiztondo stays grounded amid another ABL title shot

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “You’re not always going to be in the Finals. It’s really hard to be in a situation to be in the Finals. And now, it’s the first time for Alab to be here,” he said.Those lessons are what Urbiztondo is aching to ingrain to his teammates, saying that an opportunity like this don’t come often and they have to take matters seriously.“When you’re actually in the Finals, you think that you’ll always be there. But the reality is you may never be back again,” said the veteran guard, who worked his way back to peak form after suffering a left hamstring injury.At 35, Urbiztondo knows that this may be one of his last legitimate chances to get a crown together with fellow veterans Dondon Hontiveros, 40, and Rico Maierhofer, 32.That’s why he’s hell-bent on helping Alab win this one.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments This time, Urbiztondo wants to finish the job and do it right with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.“The biggest thing that we should know is it’s not done yet,” he said. “We need to be humble. We can be happy being here in the Finals, but we could not be content. We got to still make sacrifices and we all have to do our part individually taking care of our bodies and being mentally being prepared.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUrbiztondo gained a measure of revenge in the semifinals when Alab eliminated defending champs Hong Kong Eastern in two games.But other than the sense of redemption, he felt more elated with getting another shot at the gold in the regional league. “We just have to stay together. Seize the moment, take advantage of it, and know that the job isn’t done yet,” he said. “It’s just a blessing and we’re just so fortunate. Hopefully, we could win this championship together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As opportunities open up, Dy keeps focus on La Salle bid Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJosh Urbiztondo is no stranger to being on the cusp of winning a title in the ASEAN Basketball League.The sweet-shooting guard was with the Singapore Slingers last year, but failed to cop the crown as they lost to Hong Kong Eastern.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more