Title-clinching heroes Potts, Noah admit Tankoua loss became rallying point for Red Lions
Arnaud Noah turned emotional after San Beda won the NCAA Season 92 championship. Freddie Dionisio

DAVON Potts was at a loss for words trying to explain another late-game explosion he has been known for this entire NCAA Season 92, earning the moniker ‘Mr. Fourth Quarter.’ His teammate Arnaud Noah was even more shocked to explode on offense in the first place.

But on Tuesday, both players teamed up to lead San Beda’s attack down the stretch and their outburst couldn’t have come at a better time for the Red Lions.

Noah, who was norming seven points and 4.3 rebounds before the finals, erupted with 18 points on top of 11 boards and two assists to help San Beda hammer out an 83-73 win in Game Two and capture the NCAA Season 92 title, their ninth in 11 years. 

On the other hand, Potts scored all 10 of his points in the final period, none bigger than a corner trey off a pass from Noah with 1:48 remaining that gave San Beda enough cushion to put away the Arellano for good, 78-73.

His three-point play down the stretch and kick-out pass to Potts for the dagger three eventually got Noah named Finals MVP after the title-clinching game, which only surprised the Cameroonian import who was just focused on filling in after prolific reinforcement Donald Tankoua went down with an ACL injury in the second round.

"It was really hard for me. My teammates really helped me. I thought I should really step up to help the whole team," he said. 

"I saw few people who can make that kind of (Tankoua's) stats. So we should really have to work together to be strong. So I just stepped up," added Noah.

Meanwhile, Potts was also almost speechless when asked to explain how he lives in the game’s biggest moments.

"Honestly, nothing goes through my mind," he said. "I just wanna win, that's it. I wanna win for San Beda."

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Instead, Potts gave credit to San Beda coach Jamike Jarin, who did an excellent job in preparing them for the challenges they faced in the season, including the loss of Tankoua. 

"Absolutely no (doubt),” said Potts, when asked if he was worried at the time about San Beda’s chances when Tankoua went down.

“I knew all the players. Coach Jamike has done a very good job in preparing all of us. I knew when all of us will come together and play as a team," he added. 

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