Ken Tuffin has solid showing in triumphant NZ NBL debut
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 25, 2020 10:18 AM
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Ken Tuffin wasted no time showcasing his skills for his new team in the 2020 Sal's NBL Showdown, contributing 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals in Taranaki's 107-95 victory versus Franklin last Wednesday inside Auckland's The Trusts Arena.
Tuffin started the game for the Mountainairs and proved himself to be a two-way force from the get-go, drilling two long-range bombs and displaying effort and energy on defense in his 23 minutes on the floor.
With that, the Filipino-Kiwi was an instant key cog for Taranaki which has now won back-to-back games to start the season.
Their next assignment is against the Canterbury Rams on Saturday.
The Mountainairs didn't play Tuffin in their season-opener as he was still waiting approval from the UAAP.
Not long after, though, the 6-foot-4 forward finally got the green light and has now debuted in the New Zealand league.
After his stint in the NZ NBL, Tuffin has vowed to return to the Philippines where he will lead Far Eastern University in the UAAP 83 penciled in for the first half of 2021.
The Tamaraws skipper's games, as well as the rest of the season, is available for livestream courtesy of the NZ NBL Pass.
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