NU's Glenn Khobuntin hus his parents in an emotional reunion. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines -- National University (NU) forward Glenn Khobuntin could not hold back his tears in the final two minutes of their do-or-die game against Far Eastern University (FEU) after he saw that his parents were watching him play in the biggest game of his life.
Khobuntin's parents, Dante and Jocelyn, made the trip all the way from Cagayan de Oro to Manila to watch their son and the rest of the Bulldogs play against the Tamaraws in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals.
"Minsan lang (manood ng) live," Khobuntin said after the game, "Tapos ganito pa ang nangyari."
Khobuntin scored 10 points in the contest, as NU won 75-59 to end a 60-year championship drought.
The veteran forward could not help but tear up, and his parents were also shown on television shedding tears as the Bulldogs marched to victory.
"Grabe, hindi ko alam na nandito sila," said Khobuntin. "Hindi ko alam kasi nasa dorm lang naman ako."
"Nagfri-free throw ako, tapos sabi ng girlfriend ko, nandiyan 'yung parents ko. Hindi ko mapigilan (na maluha) talaga," he explained.
Khobuntin's free throw in the final two minutes of the ball game gave NU a 73-57, and the forward had to take a moment to compose himself.
"Parang gusto ko ng lumabas sa court," he said. "Gusto ko na silang puntahan. Gusto ko ng matapos 'yung game, kasi gusto ko na silang makasama."
Since he was 14, Khobuntin, now 23, only goes home to Cagayan de Oro during the Christmas break.
All the sacrifice proved to be worth it, however, as Khobuntin helped NU make history on Wednesday in front of a jubilant crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.
"Sobrang saya," he said. "Hindi naman namin inisip na aabot kami sa ganitong point. Hindi inaasahan, tapos biglang ganito. Sobrang sarap."