UAAP 82: Chabi Yo impressive in showdown vs. MVP Bright
Paul Lintag on Sep 07, 2019 08:06 PM
Against Season 81 finalist UP and reigning Most Valuable Player Bright Akhuetie Saturday, Chabi Yo was a beast, putting up a solid double-double in less than 30 minutes of play. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
UST recruit Soulemane Chabi Yo has been a strong anchor for UST in the Growling Tigers’ unbeaten start for the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.
Against Season 81 finalist UP and reigning Most Valuable Player Bright Akhuetie Saturday, Chabi Yo was a beast, putting up a solid double-double in less than 30 minutes of play.
Chabi Yo took it to the reigning MVP, finishing with 18 points and 18 rebounds against Bright’s 19-point, 16-rebound effort for the Maroons.
What separated Chabi Yo’s performance though, was the impact it had in UST’s dominant 85-69 victory for a 2-0 start to the season.
“My match-up with Akhuetie, it’s good. He’s the MVP. But on the court, you cannot look for that. It’s equal opportunity,” Chabi Yo said.
“When we’re on the court, we don’t care if he’s the MVP. Just give your best and play with what you know, what the coach taught you and what he tells you to do. Don’t be selfish and just play, want it more, play motivated,” the first-year forward added.
UST has lived up to its tag as dark horse contender so far this season and it’s not just because Chabi Yo is playing big.
It’s because the Growling Tigers have been unified in implementing coach Aldin Ayo’s famous Mayhem basketball, running over opponents from the jump all the way to the final buzzer.
“I just try to play with the team, follow the instruction of coach. We play with the system and we play united, because we know UP is a talented team,” Chabi Yo said.
“But if we play as a team, we will win. We play with motivation and give all that we have, don’t be selfish. Just like that,” he added.
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