Tony Diaz, Douglas Schmidt named MVPs

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BLUE Eagle A+’s Douglas Schmidt and Blue Haus’ Tony Diaz were named Most Valuable Players in the finals of their respective divisions in the United Filipino Organization-ITE Basketball League on Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Blue Haus’ Tony Diaz, the finals MVP, scored 21 points against JSN in the masters division finale of the 2020 UFO-ITE Basketball League on Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
Blue Eagle A+ ‘s Douglas Schmidt, center, is the UFO-ITE regular season MVP, the finals MVP, and a member of the Mythical Five. His team defeated Shirley’s Coffee Shop in the open division finals of the 2020 UFO & ITE Basketball League on Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.  Photos by Prince Factor

Schmidt was also named regular season MVP for his relentless speed and captivating defensive skills that led the Blue Eagle A+ to a 9-0 regular season record in the open division. Blue Eagle A+ swept the post-season in style by defeating Islander Rent a Car and Shirley’s Coffee Shop by huge margins. Schmidt was named to the Mythical 5 with Jun Fidelino, Mac Mintac, Shane Deleon Guerero, and Matt Duenas.

In the postseason, Schmidt showcased his defensive skills, racking a handful of steals per game, including his game-high 17 steals and was assisted by another defensive asset, Jaymark De Guzman, in the finale against Shirley’s Coffee Shop. Schmidt and De Guzman’s defensive prowess sealed the deal for their team.

“Well, first thing, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teammates,” Douglas Schmidt said. “They’re great players who played with such determination, and that motivated me to stay focused and locked in on the road.”

He added, “I feel honored to be recognized as the season’s MVP and the finals MVP, but in my eyes, we’re all valuable to the game.”

In the master’s division finals, Blue Haus’ Tony Diaz soared effortlessly, scoring 21 points along with the Player/Coach of the Year, Guiab, who sank 18 markers to defeat JSN on Sunday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.

Diaz and Guiab’s team-mate was the regular season MVP, Errol Peredo, who is known for his sleek post footwork and mike-like turnaround jumpers.

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