In their first outing without Mac Belo, without Mac Tolomia, without RR Pogoy, Far Eastern University still had more than enough to win both the game and the 2015 National Collegiate Championship on Thursday.
Third-string guard Jojo Trinidad top-scored with 19 points, but it was Ken Holmqvist who ended as the bigger revelation. From out of nowhere, the Filipino-Norwegian fired 17 points, was a perfect 8/8 from the field, and also hoarded eight rebounds – and mind you, he collected all these in the first half.
In disallowing the Tamaraws from skipping a beat, the sweet-shooting big man was recognized as the Finals MVP. Reacting to his achievement just like everyone else, he told reporters, “I really didn’t expect this.”
Nonetheless, the 21-year-old was nothing but thrilled to be able to bring a trophy on his way home to his parents who reside in Norway. “It’s really good especially because I’m leaving (for) home tomorrow,” he said.
Along with the hardware, the six-foot eight-inch bomber said he really appreciated the cheers he received from both his teammates and the FEU faithful. As he put it, “I’m not used to the crowd. When I used to play in Norway, (only) 10 people were watching.”
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.