KEN Holmqvist is bringing to his family in Norway the perfect gift this Christmas: his trophy for being the 2015 National Collegiate Championship Most Valuable Player.
The Fil-Norwegian big man of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws was very surprised when he won the MVP award after finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the one of the NCC's two ‘championship games’ against University of San Carlos.
The 21-year-old Holmqvist said he felt good winning the award, more so since he won it before going back to Norway where his family is based.
“Good especially because I’m [heading] home tomorrow,” said Holmqvist, who grew up in Norway but was born in Davao and speaks fluent Cebuano.
When asked if it’s a perfect Christmas gift to his family, Holmqvist said: “Yeah.”
On his way to winning the MVP award, Holmqvist went 8-for-8 from the field including a buzzer-beater to end the first half. His older brother Steve also played well, scoring 10 points including two triples.
“Kinda surprised. Very surprised especially in the first quarter. I just took shots and it went in,” said the younger Holmqvist.
Even though he only tallied 28 minutes in seven games with FEU in the elimination round of UAAP Season 78 and saw less time on the court during the three-game finals series against University of Santo Tomas, Holmqvist stayed patient as he understood he had much to learn playing behind more seasoned teammates.
“We have a lot of veterans and I wasn’t as good as them or like they are more used to the crowd. When I played in Norway, there’s like 10 people watching,” added Holmqvist, who proved he's learned plenty on his way to earning the NCC MVP award.