In the wide world of collegiate basketball, the UAAP Season 86 shone a spotlight on a new star - Kevin Quiambao. This 6-foot-7 MVP played a decisive role in ushering De La Salle University (DLSU) to a triumphant victory against the University of the Philippines (UP) in the finals. Quiambao, with his exceptional talent, put up 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in a single game, an effort that turned the tide for DLSU.
Unleashing the Winning Streak
Quiambao's significant contribution to the game - scoring 10 of the team's last 13 points - helped DLSU overcome a looming five-point deficit in the final period. His performance in the championship was no less remarkable, with averages of 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.0 blocks across three games. These impressive figures were instrumental in transforming DLSU's season trajectory from a wavering 4-3 start to a triumphant 11-win finish in 14 games. This included an undefeated streak to conclude the elimination round and a decisive victory over National University (NU), leveraging their twice-to-win advantage.
Following this championship coup, Quiambao revealed his intention to remain with the team and defend the title in the upcoming season. However, he also disclosed plans for a sojourn to Japan for a well-deserved rest and family time, particularly with his mother who recently returned from the same country. While there may be a cloud of uncertainty hovering over his future with DLSU, there is no denying that Quiambao has indelibly etched his name in the annals of DLSU's Green Archers, a team celebrated for its rich legacy of basketball success.
Quiambao's Gratitude and Future Decisions
As the Finals MVP, Quiambao expressed his gratitude towards Coach Topex Robinson, attributing his unleashed potential to the coach's guidance. Quiambao is also considering offers from B.League teams, adding another layer of suspense to his future decisions. Regardless of his next move, Quiambao's pivotal role in securing DLSU's first UAAP men’s basketball championship in seven years has already earned him a place in the hearts of the Green Archers' fans.