Richard Escoto wants to be FEUís version of Calvin Abueva
Paul Lintag on Sep 02, 2016 04:48 PM
BEAST MODE ON. Richard Escoto is hoping to do Calvin Abueva things for FEU's title defense.
Take a quick look at some of the past players that served as anchors for the basketball program of Far Eastern University and you'll find some sort of a pattern.
At least since the new millennium, champion team or not, the Tamaraws almost always featured a player who is tall, lanky, versatile, and did nothing but terrorizing opposing teams.
Do names like Arwind Santos, Aldrech Ramos, Mac Belo, and Russel Escoto ring a bell?
For Season 79, FEU shouldn't look far in finding the heir apparent to its tall, lanky, and versatile player prototype because the defending champions already have Richard Escoto in the lineup.
And the FEU lifer appears ready to not only come out of his brother's shadow but to also continue Morayta's long line of elite two-way big men.
He also plans to transform himself as the UAAP version of “The Beast.” No kidding.
"Matagal pa. Three years pa ako eh. Siguro yung kabaitan ko muna maalala nila [FEU community]," the younger Escoto joked first.
"Sa court siguro, maalala nalang nila ako parang [Calvin] Abueva ba. Parang “The Beast ba.” Pag may bumabantay, kahit Malaki, go pa rin ng go," Escoto, who has won a UAAP title in both the Juniors and Seniors, added.
His “Beast” imitation will be tested ferociously as the defending champion Tamaraws will have to deal with De La Salle University as their primary challengers this year. The Green Archers, of course, boast the most imposing frontline for Season 79 led by hulking Cameroonian Ben Mbala.
With things already tense between the two green teams, Escoto and FEU have done their homework early. "Minsan pinapabantay sakin si [Prince] Orizu kasi sobrang heavy niya eh," Escoto revealed to ABS-CBN Sports, talking about how the Tamaraws are developing schemes to counter Mbala.
Plotting against Mbala and trying to become “The Beast 2.0” aside, Escoto is just focusing on helping his team and proving his doubters wrong all over again this year.
What's different now, however, is he has to do it all on his own. "Sinasanay na rin kami ni coach Nash (Racela) kasi wala na si Belo pati si kuya eh di ba," Escoto said.
"Gagawin namin lahat. May iba rin kasi na nagsasabi na 'Ay, wala na yung mga veteran, wala na ulit.' Kailangan namin i-prove na mali sila," he added.
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