San Beda's Tony Ynot 'most impressive' in NBTC for Jalen Green
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 26, 2019 03:16 PM
Tony Ynot got the highest of praise from Fil-Am phenom Jalen Green (Photo courtesy of Tony Ynot's Facebook)
Jalen Green kept wowing just about everybody in his second go-round in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM.
At the same time, though, there was one player who wowed Green - and no, it wasn't 7-foot-2, 16-year-old Kai Sotto or All-Star Game MVP Mark Nonoy.
Rather, it was San Beda High School's Tony Ynot - a little-known player before the tournament who then eventually ended it with a Defensive Player of the Tournament nod as well as an All-Star selection.
What's funny, however, is that the FilAm Sports standout didn't even catch his name. Asked who were the opponents who had his attention, he answered, "I don't even know his name, but it was no. 15 on the last team we played."
Of course, USA was upset by the Red Cubs in the quarterfinals and wearing no. 15 for them is one Tony Ynot. "I think he's probably the most impressive to me because he didn't back down. He was staying with me on defense and he didn't give up," Green said.
He then continued, "That's why he impressed me the most."
The averages of San Beda's defensive stopper through their run to the semifinals were solid at best at 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
Still, his true impact wasn't felt in the stat sheet, but was very much felt by the Filipino-American phenom in their quarterfinals meeting.
Green still poured in 39 points on top of 13 rebounds, three steals, and two assists then, but also turned the ball over six times.
More importantly, he only had one dunk - after building up a highlight reel all over Ateneo de Manila High School just a day prior.
At the head of the effort to slow him down was Ynot who even had a highlight of his own during that matchup.
And so, now the national championship for high school is over and done with, the Red Cubs' 3-and-D wing has introduced himself to the world. "Natatawa pa rin po ako sa ginagawa ko. Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala kasi hindi ko naman iniisip na aabot ako rito," he said.
He then continued, responding to a query if he already feels he belongs with the best of the best in the Philippines, "Hindi ko pa rin po alam. Parang belong po."
Whatever it is, Ynot only vows to keep improving. "Malaking opportunity po ito para sa akin at para sa San Beda," he said.
After all, he's the one and only player in the NBTC Nationals who can claim to have a poster of Green - as well as a photo alongside him.
"We took a picture. There wasn't really much words, but we shook hands and stuff," the USA's top-ranked player said, talking about the Filipino who was most impressive in his eyes.
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