Fitter than ever, Tamayo played big when it mattered most for Bullpups

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 16, 2020 03:43 PM
Tamayo played big when it mattered most for Bullpups
(Photos courtesy of UAAP, Arvin Lim)

Carl Tamayo, put simply, towered above all in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Finals and lifted Nazareth School of National University to a perfect season.

Posting per game counts of 19 points and 18 rebounds, the 6-foot-8 Cebuano was the undisputed Finals MVP in the Bullpups' ts first-ever back-to-back championships.

In fact, with his 26-point, 22-rebound dominant double-double in Game 2 alone, Tamayo would have been well worthy of hoisting the trophy.

Those performances had been kept under wraps through most of the tournament as the 19-year-old only put up per game counts of 11.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in the elimination round.

Still, he didn't care as he just did his all to help National U win each and every one of its first 14 assignments. "Tingin ko, etong season kasi, yung role ko, hindi scoring kasi nandyan naman sina Terrence [Fortea], sina Gerry [Abadiano]," he shared, referring to his scoring guards.

He then continued, "Yung big factor ko sa team namin is yung depensa, yung rebounding. Yun yung kailangan ng team so kung anong kailangan, yun yung pinrovide ko."

And through it all, Tamayo also just wanted to work on himself.

In particular, he made the most of the tournament to get a better and better fell of his fitter frame.

From as heavy as 110 kg a season ago, the modern big man now packs at 90 kg.

He did it, of course, through discipline. "Disiplina lang. Proper meals na kinakain namin tapos workout din, siyempre," he said.

And he did it to get himself ready to rumble in the next step of his young career. "Siyempre, I'm going to college na. Lagi kaming nire-remind nina coach na iba na laro dun so kailangan, matibay ang katawan," he said.

While he may be fitter and more confident than ever, Tamayo also made it a point to say that his attitude has not changed - that of putting the team above self. As he put it, "Gusto ko lang talagang manalo. Gagawin ko lang kung anong kailangan ng team."

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