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Filipino-French standout Ozar anchoring UP ladies’s run

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Louna Ozar is utilizing her expertise enjoying in France to the hilt for the Maroons. —UAAP MEDIA

Louna Ozar has performed for less than 5 video games for the College of the Philippines (UP), however the Filipino-French guard has figured prominently within the Combating Maroons’ early success in UAAP ladies’s caging.

UP turned in its best begin in 15 years, and is shaping up as Remaining 4 contenders this 12 months after narrowly lacking the knockout section final season with Ozar averaging 11.4 factors—the second-best efficiency amongst Paul Ramos’ prices.

“Louna has been commendable for the crew. Not just for her performances on the courtroom but in addition outdoors,” he advised the Inquirer lately shortly after a dinner organized by Nickel Asia Corp.

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“She’s an incredible character, straightforward to go together with, very humble and hardworking as properly. A winner and competitor who shouldn’t be onerous to jell with,” he added.

Ozar, 19, traces her Filipino lineage to her father Leo, who hails from Camiguin and emigrated to France within the mid-90s. She broke into the Philippine basketball scene enjoying for Pat Aquino and Gilas Pilipinas Ladies.

The rookie sensation missed her first two video games with UP as a consequence of a Gilas stint within the Hangzhou Asian Video games—one of many nationwide crew excursions that, seems, primed her properly for the UAAP.

Whereas these gigs with Gilas afforded her wealthy enjoying expertise, Ozar feels that her equally succesful teammates, Christie Bariquit, Kaye Pesquera, Favour Onoh, are additionally making it straightforward for her at UP.

Ligue Féminine

“I used these experiences and put them right here within the UAAP. I didn’t play instantly for UP however the crew has been making it straightforward for me within the sport. I discover them simply on the courtroom and [they find me easily] as properly,” she advised the Inquirer in a separate chat.

Standing at 5’8” with a skillset of a guard polished by quite a few battles towards older ladies in Paris’ Ligue Féminine de Basketball in her childhood, Ozar has put collectively an enormous benefit that places her over her homegrown counterparts within the UAAP.

And that’s what Ramos is trying to proceed banking on because the Combating Maroons open their second spherical marketing campaign with a UAAP championship in thoughts.

“I’m simply hoping we are able to maintain the momentum of her with the ability to showcase her abilities and expertise [toward] the Remaining 4. And hopefully, within the Finals,” the younger coach stated.

“[Louna’s] nonetheless hungry to study. Nonetheless working onerous. And there’s no ere in her, because the cliché goes, regardless of her wealth of expertise,” he went on. “She’s very down-to-earth. A really coachable participant in that sense.” INQ

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