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It’s Zach Huang’s time to shine for UST


Zach Huang knows a thing or two about sacrificing for the team.

The graduating forward knows that the team has been banking on their future, which is why he is contented in being just a role player.

Kailangan talaga. It’s not about me kasi,” Huang said.

“I’m willing to take a step back if that’s what the team needs. If my teammates are more talented than me, I’m willing to step down for as long as we get the win.”

Heading into UST’s game against UE on Wednesday, the Filipino-Chinese baller has only averaged just 4.13 points per game in nine games.

However, this game would be much different for Huang thanks to his new approach to the game.

“Coming into the game, mas relax lang ako.Sabi ko nga like di ko na eexpect na best player ako or ganito,” he shared.

Indeed, the spotlight was all on the 6-foot-4 Huang the moment he buried six of his eight triples, which became a 22-point performance in a dominating 101-73 UST win.

“Masaya, but I have to give credit sa teammates ko because they were looking for me early in the game and they were playing unselfish basketball. Lahat kami nagtutulungan sa court kanina,” he stated.

Huang has worked on two different coaches before current head tactician Aldin Ayo came to UST in 2017, and he has always believed that Huang is a deadly sniper from the three-point area.

“Hindi mahirap sa part ni Zach because I could say that he is the most hard-working player sa team na ito. And whatever is the result, he deserves it,” Ayo said.

“Sa practice, talagang tumatama siya eh. That’s why we’re setting him up.”

The young guns from the Growling Tigers have always delivered the goods this season, but that doesn’t mean that the veteran Huang has no room to step up when necessary.