MANILA, Philippines — Malick Diouf grew to become University of the Philippines’ first UAAP Finals MVP after 36 years.
JD Cagulangan could have delivered the championship-winning triple that delivered UP’s first crown since 1986, nevertheless it was Diouf who constantly carried the cudgels of his staff within the collection because the Fighting Maroons dethroned Ateneo with a 72-69 time beyond regulation win in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball Finals.
The Senegalese heart put up 17 factors, 9 rebounds, three steals, one block and an help within the do-or-die recreation on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Diouf is UP’s first Finals MVP since Eric Altamirano in 1986.
The 6-foot-11 massive man was additionally the league’s first international Finals MVP since Alfred Aroga of National University in 2014.
The transferee from Centro Escolar University remained to be a thorn within the facet of Ateneo as he averaged 11.7 factors, 12.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks in three Finals video games.
“I’m so happy. I don’t have the words to say it. I’m very, very happy. We worked for it, and we got it,” Diouf stated.
“I just wanna say thank you to my coaches, thank you for the UP community. Right now I don’t have any words, thank you, thank you.”
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