UE's Sumang nabs Player of the Week plum
MANILA -- University of the East point guard Roi Sumang was named the UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week after his exploits in crunch time lifted the Red Warriors to victory against the University of Santo Tomas.
The 5-foot-7 guard hit the game-winning lay-up for UE against the Growling Tigers last Thursday, enough for him to be the hands-down winner of the ACCEL 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award.
"Sabi ni coach, kung sino raw ang may pinakamalaking puso. So ako na naman. Kinuha ko na naman ulit," said Sumang.
He tallied a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists in the Red Warriors' 68-67 victory over the Tigers.
He scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, the biggest of which was his driving lay-up that he maneuvered over two defenders and under the out-stretched arms of UST's Cameroonian center Karim Abdul with just 11 seconds to go in the game.
"Si Roi na naman ulit. He's not only the heart but also the head. So H and H: head and heart. He had that sa game na ito," said UE head coaach Boycie Zamar in praise of his star player.
Sumang opened the fourth period with 8 straight points, part of a blistering 12-0 run that put the Red Warriors ahead, 59-58. UST again took the lead, 67-64, with 2:43 left before Sumang cut the deficit to one point with a lay-up coming off a broken play by the Tigers.
UST then committed a turnover on the inbound pass, which gave the Red Warriors enough time to win the game.
Out of a timeout, Sumang received the ball, blew past Ed Daquiaog and then Kevin Ferrer before scoring past Abdul.
It was the Red Warriors' fourth straight win in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, which hiked their record to 5-3.
Sumang edged National U's Emmanuel Mbe, Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena, and the La Salle pair of Jason Perkins and Almond Vosotros for the weekly citation presented by Gatorade and given by a group of sports scribes from the country's leading broadsheets, tabloids and online publications.