UAAP 82: Zach Huang willing to step back, but also ready to step up for UST
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 09, 2019 04:56 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Zach Huang turned in the best game in his fifth and final UAAP season for University of Sto. Tomas in their rout of University of the East, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.
Huang waxed hot with 22 points built on 6-of-8 shooting in threes - the first time he wound up in double-digit scoring in nine games in the season. "Masaya, masaya, but I have to give credit sa teammates ko because they were looking for me and they were playing unselfish basketball. Lahat kami, nagtutulungan sa court kanina," he said.
The fact that this is his first time in double-digits this year would be a shocker for just about everybody who had seen the 6-foot-4 forward put up per game counts of 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 22.7 minutes of play last year.
Compare that to his averages in the ongoing season of 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 15.0 minutes of action.
Still, Huang doesn't mind the decrease in his numbers as he would do anything and everything UST needs from him. "It's not about me kasi. I'm willing to step back if that's what the team needs," he said as this year, he only has four starts to his name as compared to the 12 he had last year.
He then continued, "If my teammates are more talented than me, I'm willing to step back as long as we get the win."
Make no mistake, though, the now 21-year-old also wouldn't be stopping trying to be better anytime soon. "I always want my game to be complete," he said.
That is no more evident than in his three-point shooting.
In their victory versus the Red Warriors alone, he already more than eclipsed his grand total of one triple from last season.
Now, Huang is an impressive 9-of-15 from deep overall - and only looking to fire even more long-range missiles. "Last year, I barely took threes, but coach is always telling us to not limit ourselves," he shared.
He then continued, "There's always room for improvement and that's what I'm trying to do with my shooting."
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