Coach Jamike not surprised Arnaud Noah won Finals MVP
Paul Lintag on Oct 11, 2016 08:37 PM
Taking over Donald Tankoua, Arnaud Noah rose to the occasion for San Beda, earning himself a Finals MVP award in the process.
Taking over after Donald Tankoua's unfortunate ACL injury, Arnaud Noah has emerged as San Beda's new rock, helping the Red Lions reclaim the NCAA title after sweeping the Arellano Chiefs Tuesday at the MOA Arena.
Noah finished Game 2 with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists, making two huge plays down the stretch to power San Beda to its 9th title in 11 years.
The first was a go-ahead and-one play as Noah blew past Dioncee Holts to give the Red Lions a 75-73 lead with 2:17 to go.
With 1:48 left in regulation, Noah then found Davon Potts for a corner trey that wound up being the dagger, effectively sealing San Beda's 20th NCAA title.
Noah may have been the one that settled down San Beda in a rocky road back to the NCAA Finals and eventually the championship, his journey to get there was far from easy.
"To be honest the reason why I got Noah is because I really wanted him to play different positions, the 4, the 3, even the 2," head coach Jamike Jarin said. "But he was struggling then all of a sudden unfortunately Donald had that ACL, and he just stepped up."
With Noah easing into his new role, it was Tankoua that actually helped his fellow reinforcement develop into his new Finals MVP-winning self.
"It was Donald who was with him," Jarin added. "I kept talking with Donald also to lift him up, inspire him and motivate him, and it worked. He really deserves the MVP, I wasn't surprised."
For his part, Noah admitted having struggles in trying to take over Tankoua's vacant spot.
"It was really hard for me to get into the system," Noah said. "When we lost Donald, I thought I should really step up and help the team."
But after he saw his friend go down with an unfortunate injury, that was all the motivation he needed to power through.
"I saw my friend really down because of the ACL, I just looked at us and I saw few people who can make those stats. We really worked together to make us strong, I did my best on defense and offense," the Cameroonian said.
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