UAAP 82: Rhenz Abando caught fire then came to the rescue of UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 15, 2019 06:22 PM
UAAP 82: Abando caught fire then came to the rescue of UST
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By his lonesome, Rhenz Abando outscored all of National University in overtime, Sunday at MOA Arena.

Abando dropped six of his 21 points in the extra period as compared to the Bulldogs who only mustered four.

Behind him, University of Sto. Tomas completed a comeback that improves its standing to 3-1.

The first-year forward did all that, after a slow start in his first game since being hailed as the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week. "Nung una, masyado kaming kumpyansa kasi ynu nga, siguro, masyado kaming na-hype sa media. Medyo naging kampante kami sa laro kaya kita niyo naman, yung first three quarters, sobrang sama ng nilaro namin," he said.

He then continued, "Buti sa last quarter at overtime, sinapian kami ng swerte."

For head coach Aldin Ayo, Abando finally got going because he went back to basics. "He just has to play his game. Hayaan lang niyang dumating sa kanya yung laro at huwag niyang hanapin yung laro niya," he shared.

He then continued, "Alam namin kung gaano siya ka-talented and skilled. Yun lang, kailangan lang niya maglaro ng laro niya at huwag niyang pipilitin."

Indeed, when the 21-year-old finally played within the system was when he fronted the Growling Tigers' rumbling rally. "Nung overtime na, dun ko lang naramdaman na nasa loob ako ng sistema e. Yun yung mali ko - na naghahanap ako para sa sarili nung una," he said.

He then continued, "Tama talaga yung sinasabi nila coach na hahanapin at hahanapin ako ng laro ko."

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