UST banking on athletic 6’6 Afoukwah for new uptempo running game
Alvin Laqui on Sep 01, 2016 06:24 PM
NEED FOR SPEED. Every run-and-gun team needs an athletic big man - enter William Afoakwah for UST.
The University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers are getting a new look.
As their game revolved around key players who have already graduated, UST’s style of play was due for an overhaul.
This new formula was not entailed by the drama that had pestered them in the offseason, but was more likely ushered in by incoming coach Boy Sablan, who, according to graduating forward Kent Lao, plans to speed everything up for the Tigers
“Yung system niya is running game. Ang importante dun is conditioned kami and (maganda) yung chemistry ng bawat player,” Lao said.
Characterized by ball movement and fast pace, this style wouldn’t have fit last season’s squad, which featured longtime anchor Karim Abdul.
This time around, however, a new reinforcement from Ghana in the form of 6’6 William Afoukwah is a perfect match for their change of pace. Referring to their new teammate, captain Louie Vigil said, “(He) could run up and down, mas mobile siya kay Karim.”
He then continued, “’Di siya ganun ka-offensive-minded, but he's athletic.”
Asked to describe Afoukwah, Sablan answered, “Medyo raw, pero aggressive and masipag na bata. Yung gusto naming role na gawin niya, ginagawa niya.”
The Tigers have been nothing but keen to install their new coach’s formula because Sablan had been part of Pido Jarencio’s staff back when they won it all in 2006. “Matagal na rin naming kilala si coach Boy so okay din naman. Dati siyang assistant ni coach Pido,” Lao said.