Lost gold medal can’t deny Fran Yu as NCAA 95 Finals MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 19, 2019 08:13 PM
Lost gold medal can’t deny Fran Yu as NCAA 95 Finals MVP
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Fran Yu was, hands down, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s MVP throughout the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Finals.

The blue and red faithful made him feel as much when they chanted “MVP! MVP!” when Yu was at the free throw line in the endgame of Game 3, Tuesday at MOA Arena.

The rising star did not let them down, converting his couple of charities as his last points in an eight-point, seven-assist, five-rebound, and three-steal all-around performance.

Without a doubt, all of his contributions were much welcome - not just in Game 3, but throughout the Finals.

In the end, Yu put up per game counts of 13.7 points, 6.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals as the Knights edged out their archrivals - their archrivals who had gone undefeated in the elimination round and automatically advanced into the Finals.

Ever so humble, though, the 5-foot-10 playmaker said the title trophy meant much, much more than the Finals MVP. "Masarap, pero mas masarap maging champion. Wala yung individual award as long as makuha yung malaking trophy," he said.

He then continued, "Ang pangarap ko, maging champion ako at lahat kami, mag-angat ng trophy."

And that is why, if somebody has seen Yu’s gold medal, that somebody should come straight to Yu.

All 15 players as well as head coach Bonnie Tan were given gold medals, but funnily enough, the 21-year-old who stole the show in the Finals didn’t get his.

Reporters went with Yu to the league office which then assured him that he should have one as all 15 gold medals were handed out in the ceremony.

With that, Yu said that he will stop at nothing to look for that lost gold medal. "Importante yun! Isasabit ko yun kasama yung jersey kong 'to," he said, referring to the blue uniform he had on.

He then continued, "Isasabit ko 'to sa bahay kaya hahanapin ko yun."

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