WITH the way Robert Bolick performed at crunch time in San Beda’s masterful two-game sweep of Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, a lot of people expected the transferee out of La Salle to win the Finals MVP award.
Instead, Donald Tankoua edged out Bolick for the plum, leaving the 21-year-old guard from Leyte without a major individual recognition after another impressive season with the Red Lions.
As it turned out, like the individual awards handed out for the regular season, the Finals MVP honor was also decided through statistics alone. To Tankoua’s credit, he had one hell of a Finals series, numbers-wise.
Coming off a season wiped out by an ACL injury, Tankoua’s recovery came at the right time for the Red Lions as he put up averages of 22 points and 18.5 rebounds for the season - good for 122 statistical points.
Bolick’s numbers weren’t too bad either as he averaged 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and four assists in the Finals, including an average of nine points in the fourth quarter. But that turned out to be only good for 72 statistical points.
The format was also the same reason why Bolick lost the Finals MVP award to Arnaud Noah in the Red Lions' run to the championship last season.
While some fans and pundits were disappointed to see Bolick miss out on the award, the young man made it clear he won't be losing sleep over it.
After all, Bolick pointed out he wouldn’t have been in the position to win the game for the Red Lions had it not been for Tankoua’s consistency in both games.
“I’ve been saying this last year, he should have been the MVP, na-injury lang siya,” said Bolick. “He deserves this MVP. He really deserves it. No one else deserves the MVP than Tankoua.”