Who would have thought that one of the players of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws that won by dramatic 67-64 victory over defending champions De La Salle University Green Archers on Wednesday, is a Negrense?
Raymar Jose, 22, told the DAILY STAR yesterday that he cannot explain what he felt knowing that their team will advance to the finals of the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball.
“I am very happy,” Jose said. He admitted that he cried after the game at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, since they had so much wanted to win over last year’s season defending champion, DLSU Green Archers.
Jose, who grew up in Barangay Miranda, Pontevedra town in Negros Occidental, is the second of the three children of Marivic and Renaldo Jose. He was born on August 6, 1992.
Known to his neighbors and friends as “Toto Raymar”, Jose said he has been playing basketball since he was in elementary school.
His uncle, Dominador Jose, and some of his neighbors influenced him to play basketball, he said. He has joined several basketball leagues in his town.
Jose studied at the Catalino Soliguen National High School in Pontevedra, where he had a chance to play for the regional meet in men’s volleyball in 2009.
He transferred to the Cebu Eastern College, where he graduated in 2011 and was recruited by FEU for its team.
Aside from playing basketball and volleyball, Jose said he loves listening to music.
Jose, who stands 6 feet and 5 inches tall, has been a player of the Tamaraws for three years now.
The FEU will play against National University at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Mall of Asia Arena, and Jose is asking for support and prayers from his fellow Negrenses.*SGG
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