‘Tough’ Huang emerges as key cog for Ayo’s Tigers

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Growling Tigers were a miserable bunch in Season 80 when they lost 13 straight games before winning the final one against University of the East, 88-85.It was in that season that the fourth-year Huang played a shade under 10 minutes a game and averaged just 3.1 points.Under Ayo, Huang has flourished and has averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.“You have to see him how he works in practice because what he shows in the games doesn’t compare to what he does when we’re in UST,” said Ayo, whose team improved to 4-4 after winning its third straight game, in Filipino.“Zach is one of the veterans but he’s one of the players that will give it his all in practice,” added Ayo. “He’s tough mentally and physically, and he just wants to play.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The  6-foot-3 forward was a predator on the loose at the start of the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament when he led the Growling Tigers in their 78-70 win over Far Eastern University Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UST sweeps FEU in elimination roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHuang put up a career-high 20 points while pulling down six rebounds in a victory that he considered as a statement game for the Growling Tigers.“We’re extra motivated because of coach Aldin and because last season we didn’t win one game against FEU so this one is a statement from us,” said Huang in Filipino. UAAP: UST sweeps FEU in elimination round Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Huang credited Ayo for revitalizing his game with the Tigers.“I’m just following what coach tells me to do,” said Huang. “If I follow his game plan, then good things will happen.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Zachary Huang went from being a seldom-used role player under Boy Sablan to a vital component of Aldin Ayo’s system with University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ View commentslast_img

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