University of Santo Tomas claims the top individual honors in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.
The undersized center Soulemane Chabi Yo wins Most Valuable Player honors after averaging 16.9 points and 14.7 rebounds per game for the Growling Tigers.
Beninese big man transferred to UST from Colegio de San Lorenzo, after complying his residency requirements last year. Yo intensified UST’s offensive force, leading the Growling Tigers to an 8-6 win-loss record and that earned a spot in the playoffs.
On the other hand, flashy guard Mark Nonoy is this year’s top rookie after contributing 10 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
UST’s Chabi Yo is the first to win MVP since Dylan Ababou in 2009. While, Nonoy is the first top rookie to shine from UST since Jeric Teng who also won rookie of the year in 2009.
Leading the Mythical team, Yo is joined by De La Salle University’s Justine Baltazar and Jamie Malonzo, University of the Philippines’ Kobe Paras, and University of the East’s Rey Suerte.
Adding to UST’s achievements, Grace Irebu earned back to back MVP awards to lead the Tigresses to an 11-3 record and second seed in the elimination round.