INTERVIEW: Chrissy D. Icamina
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ocs Alvarez
UE Red Warriors, 1981-1986
What laurels did the Warriors achieve during your time?
On my second year in UE, 1982, nanalo na kami ng championship. I was the MVP that year, I was 19 then, second year college, tapos nag-championship ulit kami nung 1984-1985 season, so back-to-back titles yun. I got the MVP award again.
What was your most memorable game?
Lahat ng mga beses na nag-champion kami memorable, like nung ‘82, underdogs kami nun. But we beat UP, although during the eliminations they beat us twice. Nung ‘84 and ‘85 naman, same thing, UST was the favored team, twice-to-beat advantage sila nun, so we had to beat them twice to win the championship.
Who was your mentor at that time?
At that time our athletic director was Coach Baby Dalupan. He was the one who said “Get that guy, that lefty.” In 1982, in my second year, dun lang ako nabigyan ng exposure ni Coach Agapito de Castro. Ginamit niya ako as starter, dun na nag-umpisa yung streak ko. Coach Jimmy Mariano—coach namin nung mag back-to-back kami—I had good rapport with. Kaliwete rin siya, scorer din siya during his time. Nung nag-PBA ako naging coach ko rin siya.
What trademark move did you polish during your college years?
It’s funny kasi nung high school, I used to be the tall one among my teammates. So I used to play center. But when I tried out sa college team, dun ko narealize na yung height ko hindi pang-center. I ended up going to UE and I made an adjustment kaya unti-unti kong dinevelop yung outside shooting ko.
What do you think made you an essential part of the Warriors?
Ang naging goal ko sa team is to score. Luckily nung nag-championship, malaki ang na-contribute ko in winning that championship. I felt that I fulfilled my part.