FALLING short of the MVP award, University of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul has set his sights on the ultimate trophy — the UAAP seniors basketball crown.
The sophomore center lost out to National University Bulldogs star Bobby Ray Parks in an statistics-based MVP race that went down to the final game of the eliminations, but Abdul insisted he didn't feel bad about it.
“I don’t feel anything about it,” said the soft-spoken Abdul at the UST gym where the entire Tigers team has been quartered this week. “The MVP doesn't mean anything to me.”
How about the championship?
“Yeah!” he said.
That kind of positive attitude reflects on Abdul’s preparation for the finals against Ateneo, where the 6-5 Abdul will play an integral role in the Tigers' bid to end a six-year championship drought.
The Cameroonian center, who averaged 16.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and two blocks per game during the elims, is the only UST player capable of matching up with Ateneo big man Greg Slaughter.
Abdul expects the match-up to be a tough one.
“It’s going to be really hard. But we will go in with positivity and confidence,” Abdul said. “Of course, it’s going to be physical but I’m preparing myself more especially mentally.”