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Reflecting on Victory: Mark Nonoy’s UAAP Win and UST’s What-Ifs

Despite the overwhelming happiness during La Salle’s championship celebration, Mark Nonoy was filled with conflicting emotions. Winning the UAAP Season 86 basketball tournament with the Green Archers, Nonoy pondered on what could have been had he stayed with University of Santo Tomas.
Nonoy was a crucial part of the Growling Tigers alongside CJ Cansino, Rhenz Abando, and Beninise forward Soulemane Chabi Yo. With them, Nonoy believed that they could have won three straight championships under the guidance of their former coach Aldin Ayo.
Their promising team reached the UAAP Finals in 2019, but a loss to Ateneo prevented them from reclaiming their former glory. The future was bright for UST with a young team under Ayo’s leadership until the pandemic hit and they became embroiled in a bubble fiasco. This led to the departure of their key players to other schools.
Nonoy and Cansino ultimately found success with La Salle and UP, respectively, but UST was left to languish at the bottom of the standings. Both players can’t help but feel a tinge of sadness for not being able to fulfill their championship dreams with their former team. Their strong bond and belief in their capabilities made them certain that they could have clinched a championship for UST.