San Beda’s Tankoua cops Player of the Week plum

Manila Times - - Sports - PHOTO BY RUS­SELL PALMA

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.

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