UAAP 82: UST's Soulemane Chabi Yo proves worthy of MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 07, 2019 06:47 AM
UAAP 82: UST's Soulemane Chabi Yo proves worthy of MVP
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Soulemane Chabi Yo is University of Sto. Tomas' first MVP in a decade.

That the Beninese ball of energy was the top individual player in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament was made official once and for all, Wednesday afternoon.

That was made official, however, just hours before the Growling Tigers' do-or-die game opposite Far Eastern University.

Rather than letting the pressure get to him, Chabi Yo instead came through with a career-best 25 points on top of 11 rebounds and three assists.  "Yeah, coach told me. Today, I tried to give my best - offense, defense - and with the help of all my teammates we made it," he said.

And with that, the first-year forward proved to be very well deserving of his award. "I'm happy, but at the same time, it was big pressure for me so I had to prove I'm the MVP," he shared.

At the end of the day, with UST coming out on top and climbing to the next level of the stepladder playoffs, the black and gold faithful did nothing but show love to their MVP.

As Chabi Yo was shown on the big screen as the Player of the Game, MVP chants rained down on him. "It was very surprising and emotional and at the same time, very happy because when you have people supporting you it gives you more motivation," he said.

Still, the 6-6 athletic talent said that he is far from satisfied with the trophy for the top individual award. "For me, it's okay, that's good, but what's more important is the championship," he said.

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