San Beda lifer Javee Mocon gets fitting send-off

Camille Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2018 09:01 PM

Javee Mocon graduates as a four-time champion with San Beda. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- San Beda forward Javee Mocon got the perfect ending to his collegiate career on Monday, as he helped the Red Lions win a third consecutive NCAA basketball crown.

Mocon, a San Beda lifer who starred in their high school program before committing to their seniors team, put up 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks in his final NCAA game, leading the Red Lions to a 71-56 win in Game 2 of the Season 94 Finals against the Lyceum Pirates.

He wound up averaging 15 points, 10.5 rebounds, and three blocks per game in San Beda's two-game sweep, thus winning Finals MVP honors.

"Actually, hindi ko na iniisip na mag-MVP. Ginagawa ko lang 'yung part ko sa team. 'Yung MVP, darating naman 'yan, and fortunately, dumating siya," said Mocon, who was also part of the Mythical Team.

Mocon had a wildly successful career with San Beda, winning two championships with the Red Cubs before becoming a four-time champion in college.

He gave full credit to the school's basketball program for turning him into a multi-time champion.

"It's always in the program of San Beda kasi, from high school then going to the seniors," he explained. "May mga napupunta sa UAAP, pero intact pa rin. Magaling ang management namin, and mga coaching staff, so I think it all goes sa program namin."

Mocon is expected to declare for the PBA Rookie Draft soon, and his coach, Boyet Fernandez, has tabbed him as a surefire first-round pick. The forward showed on Monday that he can play as a small forward in the professional level, knocking down four three-pointers while still battling hard in the paint for rebounds.

Before he takes the next step in his basketball journey, however, Mocon paid tribute to the university and the team that made him one of the best collegiate players in the country.

"Yung community, nakaka-miss talaga," he said. "Sobrang die-hard fans ng alumnia. And mga teammates ko, especially, sobrang down-to-earth. Kaya sobrang saya namin pag nagsasama eh. Kahit wala kaming ginagawa, puro kalokohan."

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