Mammie, Arafat ready to step up for UE

By Camille B. Naredo,

Posted at Jun 25 2014 05:30 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2014 01:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines – University of the East (UE) center Charles Mammie says he learned a lot from his tumultuous first season with the Red Warriors, and has been imparting his knowledge to "lil bro" Moustapha Arafat.

Mammie was a rebounding machine for UE in his first season, but his quick temper also got the better of him numerous times, and he wound up getting suspended for several games.

"From last year, I've learned a lot," Mammie said in an interview on "The Score" Tuesday night. "It was like a transition, it's like I am a rookie. I was learning about the system, and getting mature."

"I learned a lot about last year, and this year my plan is to be positive. I learned a lot, so I'm good this year," he added.

Arafat will join the UE line-up for Season 77, although UAAP rules prevent him and Mammie from ever being on the court at the same time. New UE head coach Derrick Pumaren is not worried about this, however, and believes Mammie and Arafat give the Red Warriors greater flexibility.

"Charles and Arafat here are different type of players," Pumaren explained. "Charles is more (on the) inside, and Arafat is more of a wing guy."

Arafat, for his part, said he is "really, really, really, really excited" to finally suit up for UE after fulfilling his eligibility requirements.

"I need to bring many, many stuff for UE," he said. "If I'm inside (the court), then I try to close the gaps on defense, and when I'm outside, Charles is gonna do the same, too."

Mammie, for his part, said of Arafat: "I talk to him a lot, and give him tips all the time and cool him down."

Pumaren expects both Mammie and Arafat to be the anchors of the UE defense, especially as they are putting a premium on that end of the floor this coming season.

"With Charles and Arafat here, at least I'll always have a big man inside, and they will be the last man on defense. Hopefully, we will be able to capitalize on that," said the coach.