UAAP: FEU's Fil-Kiwi forward Ken Tuffin proving he has 'pusong Pinoy'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 04, 2018 06:18 PM
UAAP: FEU's Fil-Kiwi Tuffin proving he has 'pusong Pinoy'
Ken Tuffin has long been a steadying hand for FEU

ANTIPOLO – In the fourth quarter of the match-up between Far Eastern University and University of the East, Ken Tuffin took to the skies and had for himself a highlight.

It wasn’t a dunk, though.

Instead, the Tamaraw swatted away a lay-up attempt at the end of a fastbreak by Red Warrior JC Cullar.

And that was just one of his many good plays as he also scored a career-high 17 points built on five triples to go along with four assists.

Of course, that end-to-end effort is exactly what Tuffin brings to the table game in and game out. “Credit to my teammates for getting me open. I pride myself on trying to be consistent defensively and my offense will just follow from there,” he said.

The difference from his rookie year to now his third year is that the Filipino-Kiwi believes he has fully embraced the Filipino brand of basketball. “Of course, the physicality, at first, it was a big eye-opener. Also, the heart that people play with here, it’s just on a different level,” he said.

He then continued, “So I had to match that and obviously, I have to give a little bit more.”

And so, Tuffin is nothing but glad to now be leaning more into his Filipino side. Asked if he feels he now has that fabled “pusong Pinoy,” he answered, “Of course.”

All of that, as it turns out, is for his family hailing from La Union. “My family is from La Union and I’ve been there. I know what they have so I’m always trying to look out for them as well by playing (for the) name on my back,” the Gilas cadet shared.

He then continued, “I want them to have something to be proud of so I always try to give my best.”


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