UAAP 82: Zach Huang's UST career has been a roller-coaster ride

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 16, 2019 10:57 AM
UAAP: Zach Huang's UST career has been a roller-coaster ride
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The last time University of Sto. Tomas was in the Finals before the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament was back in 2015.

Then, Zach Huang and Enrique Caunan were still rookies.

Now, they are the only remnants of the Growling Tigers' last contender before experiencing a downward spiral.

"Sobrang grateful ko lang," Huang said. "I'm grateful na naranasan ko yung sobrang baba tapos ngayon, nasa taas na kami ngayon."

Four years later, though, UST has risen like a phoenix and is indeed a legitimate threat to thwart the plans of undefeated two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University.

And that is because the Growling Tigers are far from satisfied at just making it back to the championship round. As their graduating forward put it, "We're not contented with what we have. We'll still do our best."

Even more, the boys from Espana want nothing more than to shock the world anew - after already having gone from the fourth-seed to the Finals. "Start of the season, no one was looking at us. We're used to being the underdogs so we're okay with this situation," Huang said.

Still, UST's players are also calling its community to keep growling with them. "Sana ma-grab namin yung opportunity at yung goal namin this season. ibibigay lang namin lahat and sana, everyone will be there to cheer for us," he said.

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