There are certain things I have come to love the most about shooting courtside at UAAP games. Most of these you don’t see on tv.
That exact second when the crowd gets up when the ball goes in
Cozy moments between teammates during time out
The expressions of the players on the bench. Please note the Nico Salva smolder.
The player’s expressions when they’ve done something completely unexpected. This is Kiefer Ravena’s reaction to a shot he made from the center of the court.
The little kids with their alumni parents, whom shamefully know the Song for Mary better than most current Ateneo students
The silent winces and the restraint from crying out in pain when a player is injured. My respect for Ravena was multiplied after this moment, despite having been hurt, he shot a 3-pointer in the next 30 seconds
The bench’s faces when one of their teammates’ is scoring a crucial free throw. Kuya who brings the boys their towels and water is my favorite person to watch for reactions
The glow the coaches get after a well-deserved win
Last, but most significant (to me, anyway): Greg Slaughter’s crazy deep dimples.