Transferee Axel Iñigo hopes to accomplish what his older brother Achie has achieved with Far Eastern U.
But he knows he has a tough job cut out for himself—first and foremost, making it to the Tamaraws’ final lineup for the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tourney.
And an initial task has already been set for the 5-foot-7 Iñigo: Shape up.
The Las Piñas City native admitted he continues to shed ‘excess weight’ in his bid to reach his desired body mass and be an effective playmaker for the Tamaraws who will carry a big target on their backs as the defending UAAP men’s cage champion.
“170 ako nu’n. Nag-lose na ako ng 10 pounds. Pero babawasan ko pa. Gusto ko mag-140 para bumilis ako at magawa ‘yung mga gustong ipagawa sa akin ni coach (Nash Racela),” Iñigo told FOX Sports in an exclusive interview last week following his triumphant debut in the 2016 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup in FEU’s 62-57 win over erstwhile unscathed Perpetual Help.
After playing for two UAAP seasons with Adamson, the last in 2014 when he averaged just 4.4 points, Iñigo has decided to bring his wares to FEU, hoping he could help fill the void left by his brother Achie who played mostly as a starter in the Tamaraws’ championship run last year.
Asked if he’s feeling the pressure of bagging his own UAAP title, Axel said: “Wala naming pressure. Gusto ko lang gawin yung ‘little things’ na gusto ni coach. Gusto ko lang magawa ‘yung mga pinapagawa ni coach.”
“Si coach kasi kumbaga naka-focus siya sa little things at sa mga pwede naming gawin para makapunta kami sa higher level,” he added.
With the Tamaraws on the lookout for any kind of help with the departure of his brother Achie and five other vital cogs, Axel knows what he needs to do.
“Gusto ko matutunan kung paano ma-control ang team tapos ma-stabilize ko sila ‘pag nasa loob,” he said. “Pagpasok ko dapat stable ‘yung team. Kung ano ‘yung tinatakabo ng team, dapat mas mahigitan ko pa o ma-stable pa.” – By Jerome Lagunzad
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