UAAP 82: Only a hurting leg can keep Abando from trying to rescue UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2019 07:45 PM
Only a hurting leg can keep Abando from trying to rescue UST
(Photo courtesy of Arvin Lim)

When University of Sto. Tomas was at the wrong end of a rally by Adamson University, Wednesday, Rhenz Abando was nowhere to be found.

"Masakit yung paa ko dahil bad landing ako nung hinabol ko yung layup (ni AP Manlapaz)," he shared, referring to the chasedown block he fell short of completing in the third quarter.

And after that, Abando's right leg again apparently took a hit. "Natamaan ako nung (foreign student-athlete), natuhod yung legs ko so tumigas, sumakit," he said.

And so, the 6-foot-3 forward rode the bench in the final frame, witnessing the Growling Tigers build up a lead of as much as 13 and then ultimately be at the wrong end of a rally. "'Di naman ako na-frustrate nun kasi coach's decision. Wala naman akong magagawa," he said.

Abando's presence would have been much welcome especially in the last three minutes as, just three days ago, he, by his lonesome, outscored all of National University, 6-4, in overtime as UST eked out a comeback win.

That is exactly why the 21-year-old said he would have wanted to be on the floor, helping out his teammates in the face of a fightback by Adamson. "Mahirap manood na lang. Mali ko rin siguro na sana, tiniis ko na lang yung sakit," he said.

The good news, though, is that Abando will be a-okay come their next matchup opposite Far Eastern University. "'Di na siya masakit. 'Di na siya kailangan ipa-check. Kayang-kaya na next game," he said.

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