on March 23, 2015
MANILA — After making an impact right in her first Philippine SuperLiga appearance, Nicole Tiamzon of Foton shared how she decided to challenge herself and jump to the semi-pros.
Emerging from UAAP Season 77 as one of the tournament’s most improved players, the University of the Philippines captain caught the attention of the Tornadoes’ management, paving the way for her to play in the PSL.
“Sabi ni coach (Jerry Yee) kinukuha daw ako ng Foton so sabi ko, why not? Experience din yun,” she said. “Pero siyempre kailangan ko din (ma-balance) yung team ko which is UP kasi may UAAP pa ako next season.”
But coming into terms with her decision was not an easy process for Tiamzon as she has to juggle her time not only for her two teams but also for her academics.
“Actually nag-dalawang isip ako nung una kasi gabi yung training namin sa Foton,” she said. “So after school derecho pa ako dun tapos gabi na nakakauwi and then kinabukasan papasok pa ako ulit.”
The junior Sports Science major, however, admitted that she doesn’t mind the hassle of training with the Tornadoes because of her teammates.
“Medyo mahirap siya pero okay naman kasi masaya yung team and then minsan lang mabigyan ng experience na ganito eh,” she added.
Tiamzon, who helped Foton beat favored Cignal with 14 points, said her focus was to bring her A-game against the HD Spikers.
“Wala akong inisip na iba. Basta sabi ko lang magla-laro lang ako and tignan nalang natin kung ano mangya-yari,” she said.
Tiamzon credited her team’s happy disposition during the game as the main factor in winning the game, “Siguro kumapit kami and nag-enjoy kami and kailangan pag nagka-mali bumabawi din.”
“Yung team ng Foton ngayon nag-improve talaga. Yung galaw sa training as in maganda yung pinapakita ng team,” she closed. — Rivals 2015
This article originally appeared in Rivals.