Inigo providing much-needed voice for newbie Kaohsiung

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 09, 2017 05:14 PM
Inigo providing much-needed voice for newbie Kaohsiung
MISSION POSSIBLE. Rookie team Kaohsiung Truth hasn't got much, but it has a ready, willing, and able Achie Inigo to help it out.

Kaohsiung once again fell to Alab Pilipinas last Sunday.

But still, the Truth’s 1-1 record over the weekend was their best-ever showing in their short history.

Much of it has to do with reinforcements Derek Hall and Cedric Oliver who dominated Saigon before giving a good scare to the Filipinos.

However, it also has to do with the emergence of Asean Heritage import Achie Inigo as a floor leader.

Against the Heat, the Filipino collected 18 points, four assists, and three rebounds and then against his countrymen, he was behind the steering wheel of repeated rallies.

Coincidentally, Inigo’s steadying of the ship comes on the heels of a coaching change from Tryston Lawrence to Sabatino Chen.

For someone who has been used to a champion coach like Nash Racela, the shift was much-needed. Talking about his new Taiwanese mentor as compared to the now-departed American, he said, “Mas maayos siya and mas detailed mga sinasabi niya. Yung coach namin dati, walang board.”

He then continued, “Experienced si coach Chen kaya mas alam niya ginagawa niya.”

Chen was only quick to return the favor. “Achie is great. He’s my voice on the court. We understand each other because we have similar philosophies,” he expressed.

Kaohsiung’s coach then went on to recall how, at one point, his floor leader subbed himself in for defensive purposes and it turned out to be the correct decision.

For Inigo, he’s slowly but surely realizing that his stint in the ABL has a more personal goal – to help out with development of the startup Truth. “Baka nga kaya ako dinala rito ni God kasi may purpose para tulungan sila. Kasi kahit nga, dynamic stretching, ako pa nagpa-stretch sa amin,” he narrated.

He the continued, “Willing akong tumulong kahit anong need nila kasi wala pa talaga silang experience.”

Fortunately for Kaohsiung, Inigo has, without a doubt, taken a thing or two from his more than four years under Racela. “Natutunan kong maging court general talaga sa FEU. Siyempre, yung experience ko kina coach Nash at coach Eric (Gonzales), lalong tumaas yung IQ ko,” he said.

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