Finals MVP Tankoua isn’t even at 100 percent yet
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 16, 2017 08:46 PM
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. Donald Tankoua made the most out of his first starring role in the Finals.
Without a doubt, it was Robert Bolick who took charge when it mattered most for San Beda College in the two-game Finals of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Also without a doubt, however, was that Donald Tankoua imposed his will all throughout both games.
And so, with averages of 22 points, 18.5 rebounds, and one steal, the Cameroonian powerhouse was the runaway Most Valuable Player in the Finals.
Of course, he was going to give his all after he missed out on the Finals a year ago.
Last season, the Red Lions’ big man had for himself a dominant first round before tearing the ACL in his right knee. He was then forced to watch from the sidelines as his team made their way all the way to a championship.
Now, Tankoua played a big part in back-to-back championships. “I really wanted to win. I did all my best because I missed this last year,” he told reporters post-game.
As it turns out, however, the 23-year-old did all that while still making his way back to full health. Talking about his right knee, he shared, “It’s not yet fully healed. I still feel pain sometimes.”
He then continued, “Actually, I’m still doing therapy.”
Still, Tankoua said he was doing anything and everything to help San Beda. “I just went there and played my heart out to win the game. I just played, that’s all,” he said.
And for that, he got nothing but good words from his teammates. “No one deserves (Finals) MVP, but him. Sinasabi ko last year pa, he’s one of the best imports here in college,” Bolick said.
He then continued, “Kahit galing siyang injury, he fought with his all.”
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