CEBU CITY – Cameroonian forward Shooster Olago is an unusually unflappable fellow, known for his stoic demeanor as much for his multi-faceted game with University of San Carlos.
But in the aftermath of the Warriors’ stirring 64-53 victory over University of the Visayas in the deciding Game Five of the 15th Cesafi finals on Tuesday night, Olago finally opened up and told Spin.ph the driving force behind his monstrous performance in the title clinching win.
“Last year,” said the 6-foot-7 forward emphatically.
Olago was referring to last year’s 49-64 Game Five loss to Southwestern University where he failed to bring his A-game and finished with just four points in a miserable showing made worse by 10 turnovers.
“I was one of the important players that the team was looking to lean on and I failed to deliver. And I waited a year for another chance to redeem myself. And once I had the opportunity, I wasn’t going to let it go,” shared Olago.
The Warriors were facing a 40-46 deficit at the end of the third period and just 10 minutes left in their season, when Olago left it all out on the floor. He started things with a strong drive followed by two free throws off the fourth foul of UV counterpart Steve Akomo.
He then stalked the passing lane and stole the ball before careening down the floor for a thunderous tomahawk slam that finally put USC in the driver’s seat, 48-46.
Olago capped his run of 12 straight points with consecutive putbacks that all but sealed the win for the Warriors. He finished with 26 points – half of which he did in the last 10 minutes – along with 19 rebounds and three steals.
Fittingly, Olago was named as MVP and a member of the Mythical Five team.