Tankoua injury was the turning point for San Beda's latest title

Paul Lintag on Oct 12, 2016 05:14 AM
Tankoua injury was the turning point for San Beda's title
Donald Tankoua (left) going down was the wake-up call for the Red Lions.

In San Beda's nine championships in the last 11 years, the Season 92 win has to be one of the hardest for the Red Lions.

And the key for the their latest conquest was ironically an unfortunate incident.

Head coach Jamike Jarin points to Donald Tankoua's season-ending ACL injury as the moment that finally turned the season around for the Red Lions on their way to sweeping the Arellano Chiefs in the NCAA Season 92 Finals.

"Maybe the loss of Donald, it was a wake-up call for all of us, everybody stepped up," Jarin said.

"And all the boys just believed in themselves and just rallied behind Donald, rallied behind the coaches, and rallied behind San Beda," he added.

Of course, Tankoua's injury gave way to Arnaud Noah stepping in and eventually winning Finals MVP honors for the Red Lions.

Tankoua's ACL injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise for San Beda and championship no. 20 turned out to be the end prize.

With Tankoua returning for Season 93, title no. 21 might already be in play as well for the Red Lions.



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