SEVERAL University of Santo Tomas players saw heavy minutes in Game One, but Karim Abdul remained defiant saying the UAAP Finals is not the time and place to be tired.
Six of the nine UST players that saw action in the series opener against Far Eastern University played at least 21 minutes, with Abdul carrying much of the load with 36 minutes in the center position.
Fellow senior Kevin Ferrer finished with 15 points but played 33 minutes for UST. Ed Daquioag had 29 minutes but was held to four points in the 64-75 loss to the Tamaraws.
Meanwhile, FEU had no player with more than 26 minute. Roger Pogoy had the longest exposure among the Tamaraws with 15 points in 25 minutes.
Still, Abdul said he doesn’t mind the heavy minutes.
“I don’t have a choice,” said Abdul, who had 19 points and nin rebounds. “I mean, when you are a player, you just have to go over the tiredness and you don’t think about it. We want to think about winning.”
The fifth-year UST center said he will never use fatigue as an excuse.
“Whatever happens, whatever obstacles that come your way, you don’t look at it. Next game, I’m still going to be prepared to play that kind of game,” said Abdul.