James Kwekuteye admits leading young Lions is no easy task

JAMES Kwekuteye is eager to lead but admits being the big brother to the young San Beda side is no easy task.

“It’s hard to be the kuya because sometimes they don’t listen, they are makulit,” the Kwekuteye said with a chuckle.

The 23-year-old guard stressed that he was not only a kuya off the pitch but also on it as he aimed to set an example for San Beda in search of redemption. “At the end of the day, they’re going to respect me because I’m older than all of them. I just have to take charge and lead the team,” he said.

Kwekuteye anchored the Red Lions with his 14.2 points on 31% shooting from deep, with 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 assists in 23 minutes as they started 6-0 in this campaign.

He manages Rhayyan Amsali, Tony Ynot, Yukien Andrada and Gab Cometa, rookies who have shown themselves ready to take on bigger roles for the Lions.

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“I’m honestly proud of my guys. Everyone was new and with every game we grow by playing together, running plays and learning to play with each other,” he said.

“I think that I, Ralph [Penuela]Franz Abuda, Damie [Cuntapay], JB Bahio, we all have a lot to do. But we know that when they leave, they will be in good hands with coach Boyet [Fernandez]. We will prepare them and eventually they will learn from us and they will see what it takes to be a champion,” he said, emphasizing long-term plans without losing sight of short-term goals. this season.

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“The work is not finished yet.”

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Charles P. Patton