ALTHOUGH acknowledged as the main man of University of the East, Roi Sumang is quick to deflect the credit for the Warriors’ successful title run in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.
In Sumang's own words, UE is not just about him.
“Hindi lang naman ako `yung UE e,” he told Spin.ph. “May mga teammates din naman ako.”
The 22-year-old guard was named Finals MVP of the preseason tournament after steering the Warriors to an 81-68 win over National University Bulldogs in their title game on Wednesday at The Arena.
Sumang finished with 18 points and led the Warriors’ huge fourth-quarter fightback where he got a lot of help from Ralf Olivarez, Lord Casajeros, and Charles Mammie.
The Warriors climbed out of a 52-57 hole in the pivotal fourth quarter behind 11 straight unanswered points to seize the lead and seize control of the match.
After going through several losing seasons with the Warriors, Sumang feels the team is ready to contend this year.
“Last year kasi wala kaming materials na katulad ng ganyan sa mga teammates ko ngayon, kaya nahihirapan ako. Pero ngayon, lahat kahit sino ipasok mo puwede kaya kami nananalo kasi deep bench kami,” he said.
Sumang also added nine rebounds, dished off six assists and had one steal as he was also named a member of the preseason tournament's Mythical Five.
But for him, the individual awards were just the icing on the cake.
“Individual awards lang `yun. Mas importante ang championship,” he said.