GRADUATING players Paolo Pe and Kim Lo had mixed emotions after playing their final game for University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP.
The duo, who both played five years with the team, were denied a fitting exit after the Tigers lost to University of the East, 78-73, in the final game of the eliminations on Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Despite the loss, Pe, who plays as back-up to Cameroonian center Karim Abdul, said he is "at peace" as he bows out of the college basketball scene.
“I'm just thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve the university, I'm just at peace right now,” he told Spin.ph.
Unlike him, Lo admitted he feels there's still an unfinished business for him as far as the Espana-based school is concerned, which makes it harder for him to part with his beloved team.
“Masakit siya kasi nakakabitin eh,” said the UST point guard. “Ayaw kong iwan ang team na ito kasi mahal ko 'yung UST, pero everything has to end so moving forward lang positively.”
But the two of them certainly agreed on one thing.
Both Pe and Lo said they will surely miss their ‘family,’ the daily routine of team practices, team bonding, their mischiefs, and everything in between.
“Mami-miss ko sila kasi family ko na sila. I see them more than my family, mami-miss ko 'yung mga mura nina coach, 'yung masakit ang katawan mo, mag-aaral ka after, tapos training ulit,” said Pe.
“I'll miss the struggles. But at the end of the day kahit mahirap, masasaktan yung katawan mo, mami-miss mo kasi you love it, dito ka masaya,” he added.
After their five-year collegiate career, Pe and Lo finally part ways.
The big man will focus on his studies and try to finish his undergraduate civil engineering degree this March, while the court general also tries to finish his commerce degree as he seeks a spot in the PBA D-League.