Ken Tuffin on FEU in UAAP 82: 'We're never going to back down from anyone'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2019 05:52 PM
Ken Tuffin on FEU: 'We're never going to back down'
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Ken Tuffin finally got going as Far Eastern University downed the University of the Philippines for its biggest win thus far in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

With 18 points, Tuffin turned in his best game - more importantly, he hit what proved to be the go-ahead triple over the outstretched arms of Kobe Paras.

Always modest, however, the fourth-year forward deflected all credit to his teammates - in particular, point guard L-Jay Gonzales who had six assists. As he put it, "Credit to L-Jay for finding me always. You know, our offense is designed to get open shots so it was a combination of him finding me and me getting to the right spot."

Of course, facing off with good friends Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano also had something to do with his inspired play. "You know we love the competition, always," he said.

At the same time, though, Tuffin said he, as the Tamaraws' team captain, had to set an example. "We're never going to back down from anyone. You know UP, on paper, is more talented than us, but FEU, you can expect us to continue to work hard and hopefully, we can surprise some more people in the next games," he said.

In the end, the Filipino-Kiwi wing was only answering the call by his mentor at the finish of the first round. "Actually, me and coach (Olsen Racela) had a one-on-one talk and I just explained to him that I know everyone can see I was struggling. I was adjusting positions so that was a hard transition, of course," he shared.

He then continued, "But I just didn't give up. I mean, I know what I'm capable of. I just didn't give up and kept working hard."

Still, Tuffin knows full well it couldn't end here just yet. Asked what he needs to do moving forward, he answered, "Just stay consistent."


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