UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help workhorse Harold Arboleda is begging for more production from the Altas’ role players so the team could get back on the winning track in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Arboleda, Earl Thompson, and Juneric Baloria — the Altas’ triple threat — delivered their usual numbers, but the Altas still reeled to their second straight loss in five games, a 85-97 decision at the hands of Arellano on Saturday that dropped them to a tie with San Sebastian in fourth spot.
The trio combined for 67 of the Altas’ total output and Arboleda is asking for his teammates to provide more support.
“Nagkaproblema siguro kami sa second group namin,” Arboleda said in a chat with Spin.ph after the game. “Kasi hindi naman kaya ng first group lang. Syempre kailangan rin ng pahinga.
“Eh wala, kada hugot sa second group (parang walang nangyayari), kaya napipilitan si coach na ibabad kami,” the versatile forward added. “Hindi naman pwedeng forty minutes maglalaro ka sa court. Alam naman nila yun.”
One of the most heavily used players in the league with 36 minutes per game average, Arboleda saw just four minutes of rest again versus the Chiefs. Thompson saw even more action, playing 38 minutes, while Baloria was on the floor for for 31 minutes.
And Arboleda is worried that getting overused might take its toll if the trend continues in the latter part of the tournament.
“Yung nga iniisip namin. Kaya kailangan mag-step up yung second group.”
To recuperate, Arboleda spends more time to rest and eats more, although he doesn’t forget to lift weights.
“’Di ko nilalayo yung sarili ko sa weights kasi kailangan yun eh. Sa banggaan lalo na.”
So it seems like he doesn’t get ample recovery, after all.
“Ganun talaga. Yung pagod hindi naman bumubukol yun eh.”
All he wants is more help from their bench.
“Kakayanin. Kung ayaw nila, gusto ko.”