UAAP 82: UST's Abando makes sure to atone for what could've been vs La Salle

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2019 08:51 PM
Abando makes sure to atone for what could've been vs DLSU
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

ANTIPOLO - Rhenz Abando didn't need to play hero for University of Sto. Tomas to take care of business against Adamson University, Saturday at Ynares Center here.

Instead, Abando just anything and everything he could for the Growling Tigers to assure themselves of at least a playoff for a place in the next round.

"Oo, siyempre," he answered after being asked if he could now breathe a sigh of relief that their season is not yet over. "At least, ngayong panalo na kami, may chance pa rin kami sa Final Four."

At the same time, though, the first-year forward also acknowledges their sorry loss to De La Salle University still stings. "Pero nasasayangan pa rin ako nung La Salle kasi kung panalo na kami dun, sure na kami e," he said.

Abando was referring to UST's 79-80 loss to the Green Archers three days ago wherein his late triple could have tied the tally and forced overtime - but instead, was ruled a long two as his right toe was on the line.

After that game, the 21-year-old was so inconsolable at what could have been that he declined interviews from reporters.

Now, however, he made sure the Growling Tigers moved on from heartbreak by contributing 13 points, six rebounds, and two blocks. "Naging motivation namin (yung talo na yun) tapos yung tagtuloy ng suporta ng UST community kahit ganun nangyari dun," he said.

Now he and the rest of the black and gold are on their way to, at the very least, a playoff, Abando said he would only continue to go all-out for the community who stood by him through all the negative news. "Yung mga basher, sila nagbibigay sa akin ng motivation kasi andaming sinasabi, pero 'di naman totoo. Gusto ko lang patunayan yung sarili ko," he said.

He then continued, "'Di na ako magsasalita. Papatunayan ko na lang."

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