DONALD Tankoua was a member of the San Beda championship team that swept Arellano in the NCAA Finals last year.
Unfortunately for him, the Cameroonian standout never set foot on the court in the championship series, or for half of the season for that matter, after suffering an ACL injury.
But Tankoua made quite a splash this year, averaging 22 points and 18.5 rebounds in San Beda's sweep of Lyceum in Season 93 to win Finals MVP honors.
The Red Lions big man, though, insisted he wanted the championship more than the individual award.
"Actually, I wasn't thinking about being the MVP. I just came out and I truly wanted to win the championship because I wasn't here last year," said the soft-spoken Tankoua.
In Game Two, Tankoua had another double-double as he notched 17 points and 17 rebounds in San Beda's 92-82 win on Thursday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Aside from the double-double, Tankoua also made his free throws. A 65.5 percent free throw shooter this season, he sank nine of his 11 charities in the game.
"You made your free throws," San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez told Tankoua during the postgame press conference.
"I'm so happy. Im standing right here. I really wanted to win it for me and for my teammates," said Tankoua.