MVP race far from Chabi Yo’s mind as UST faces grueling road to title round

first_imgThe Growling Tigers, who are seeded fourth in the Final Four, will first face Far Eastern University, also with an 8-6 record but are seeded higher due to a better quotient, in the stepladder match.UST has to win five games for it to claim the title that it last held in 2006 and it’s Chabi Yo’s ultimate goal in his first season within the UAAP after transferring from University of San Lorenzo.Chabi Yo said he’s aware MVP Chances after amassing 82.71 statistical points, but he admitted that having all that attention on him made him a better basketball player come the second round.“I know that I’m the front runner for the MVP but ever since the start of the season my mindset was to give it all my best on defense and offense,” said Chabi Yo, who had to play center due to UST’s lack of size.“In the second round I tried to play a little bit smarter because I was on the other teams’ scouting reports.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The athletic 6-foot-4 is one of the potential MVPs of the season after finishing the elimination round with averages of 16.9 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.He aslo led the Growling Tigers to an 8-6 record and their first Final Four in four years, but the small forward-turned-center wants nothing more than to help UST get its first title in more than a decade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Right now we’re in the Final Four and this isn’t the time to give up. We have to double our effort and now’s not the time for mistakes,” said Chabi Yo Thursday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. “I’m not looking for the MVP trophy, for me, I just want to be a champion and contribute to my team.”“We’re in a do-or-die game so we have to do our best and avoid mistakes. We have to be perfect if we really want to win and also have that mental toughness.” Elite runner’s close call inspires road safety campaign Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MANILA, Philippines—Soulemane Chabi Yo has been a revelation in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament, positioning himself as the best player, numbers wise, for University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more