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After slaying his Goliaths, UP’s Ricafort eyes PBA D-League

Rob Ricafort isn’t going to forget that day.

It was September 23, 2017. The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons were going to play the mighty De La Salle University Green Archers in the main match of a double header at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Earlier, his lawyers were able to secure a temporary restraining order on the UAAP’s ruling that Ricafort not suit up because he was turning 25 during the scholastic year (but not during the men’s basketball tournament).

During UP’s customary pre-game ritual, head coach Bo Perasol assigns the prayer leader by the jersey number. Yet on that day, everyone seemed to grasp the moment. “Rob, you lead the prayer,” quite a few people enthused.

Ricafort obliged but in his mind wondered what to say. Here’s a 24-year old kid who bounced around, made some bad decisions in his young life, and found a lifeline at UP. When the UAAP Eligibility Board initially denied his slot on the team, Ricafort found himself depressed beyond belief.

Author: Rick Olivares for ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/13/17/after-slaying-his-goliaths-ups-ricafort-eyes-pba-d-league

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