'Selfless' Donald Tankoua a big factor in San Beda's sizzling start, says teammate Bolick
Donald Tankoua erupted for 19 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks for San Beda. Jaime Campos

SAN Beda's Robert Bolick is not surprised with the Red Lions' hot start in the NCAA Season 92 men's basketball tournament, mainly because they have an import he considers the best in the league in Donald Tankoua.

"For me, he's the best import. I don't care what everybody says. He's the best import, I can see it," said Bolick of his teammate.

True enough, Tankoua was dominant on Friday as he erupted for 19 points with 14 rebounds and three blocks for San Beda in their 90-63 rout over Benilde at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With the win, San Beda clinched their fourth win in as many games to take solo lead in the standings.

"It's because of [him that's why] my teammates are open," Bolick explained of the Red Lions hot shooting against the Blazers.

But the soft-spoken big man downplayed the praise from his teammate, saying he doesn't care about individual accolades as long as the team is winning.

"I'm just playing out there for our team. I don't care if I don't score, I just want to help my teammates score," said Tankoua.

When compared with the likes of Mapua's prized big man and reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme and Perpetual's Bright Akhuetie, the San Beda slotman noted that he plays with limited minutes, unlike his touted counterparts, in a system that encourages selflessness. But he doesn't mind.

"They have all the minutes and all the playing time. As for me, I have to share my time but I don't care, I just want to win," he said. 

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