San Beda’s Tankoua cops Player of the Week plum
IN what could be his final San Beda-Letran rivalry game, Donald Tankoua made sure that he and the Red Lions would come out on top.
San Beda held an imposing 22- point lead, 67- 45, on archrival Letran with
6: 19 left in the game on Tuesday.
The Red Lions, however, let their guards down allowing the Knights to storm back with a 19- 0 blast.
“If we lost this game, I should probably blame myself for that because I gave everybody a chance to play and the other guys who came in just simply didn’t want to really step up,” lamented head coach Boyet Fernandez. “They thought it was already a won game for us.”
With Robert Bolick fouling out with less than a minute left, San Beda needed someone it could lean on to stop the bleeding.
It was Tankoua who heeded the call, knocking down a clutch basket that eventually gave the Red Lions a 74-68 win.
Because of his feat that saw him finish with 19 points and nine rebounds, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian was hailed as the Chooks-to- Go/ NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week.
Though getting the victory, last season’s Finals MVP hopes that this serves as a wake up call for his teammates that they could never sleep on anyone the rest of the way.
“What happened happened and I think that we should realize that we really have to work hard in every game,” the 23- year- old big man said.
Tankoua bested Lyceum’s Jaycee Marcelino, Mapua’s Laurenz Victoria, and San Sebastian’s Michael Calisaan for the weekly citation handed out by print and online sportswriters covering the beat.
Donald Tankoua of San Beda scores against Chris Balagasay of Letran during an NCAA basketball game at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.