MAPUA's Laurenz Victoria made sure to steal the thunder from the rivalry game between San Beda and Letran.
Victoria fired a season-high 29 points to lift the Cardinals to their breakthrough win in the Season 95 Seniors Basketball Tournament last Saturday, earning the citation as Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week.
Victoria won the vote over Lyceum's Mike Nzeusseu and San Beda's Evan Nelle for the weekly honor handed out by scribes covering the beat from print and online.
"Mahirap kasi talagang kada talo namin, bumababa ang morale namin," Victoria recalled about their horrid 0-5 start.
Up by just two with 1:09 left, the 22-year-old guard took matters into his own hands, scoring on a fadeaway jumper to give the Cardinals some breathing space.
After a defensive stop, Victoria then aggressively drove through the lane, drew a foul, and then knocked down two clutch free throws.
"Kailangan kasi maging aggressive, ito yung chance namin na makuha yung unang panalo. Jumpball pa lang, pagkuha ko pa lang ng bola, inatake ko na talaga," disclosed Victoria, who also tallied eight rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
"Wala na akong pakialam basta manalo kami."