‘Overachieving’ Tankoua gets the better of Akhuetie and Eze

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2016 07:19 PM
‘Overachieving’ Tankoua gets the better of Akhuetie and Eze
INTRODUCE YOURSELF. Donald Tankoua's strong showings of late have him on the verge of rising to the level of Allwell Oraeme and Bright Akhuetie.

Among the 12 foreign student-athletes in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament, it’s reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme and Bright Akhuetie who always make the headlines.

While he has already begun making a name for himself by being recognized as Player of the Week, San Beda College’s Donald Tankoua remains relatively anonymous.

And yet without much fanfare, the Cameroonian has normed 12 points and 12 rebounds in only 25 minutes through the league-leading Red Lions’s 5-0 start to the season.

Everybody just may have to hear more about Tankoua now after he outplayed both Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze of University of Perpetual Help on Thursday.

The second-year player pounded in 20 points and 10 rebounds while Akhuetie and Eze only mustered 15 points and 10 rebounds combined. Without a doubt, he was the pillar in the reigning runners-up’s convincing 88-70 victory versus their new-age rival Altas.

Tankoua was so impressive that he was singled out by team-minded coach Jamike Jarin who expressed, “I just have to give credit to Donald because let’s face it, Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze are really good. I told him he needs to outplay one of them.”

He then continued, “And he outplayed both. That’s what you call overachieving.”

What’s more impressive for the multi-titled mentor is that he didn’t even have to call specific plays for his Cameroonian center. “He didn’t even ask for the ball and he got those numbers,” he said.


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