NCAA basketball

Remy Martin clutch as Kansas turns back North Carolina for US NCAA title

Delfin Dioquino
Remy Martin clutch as Kansas turns back North Carolina for US NCAA title

CHAMPION. Remy Martin ends his colorful NCAA stint with a coveted championship with Kansas.

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Filipino-American guard Remy Martin delivers big hits down the stretch as Kansas completes the largest comeback win in a national championship

MANILA, Philippines – Remy Martin knocked down one big shot after another as Kansas captured the US NCAA Division 1 crown with a 72-69 comeback win over North Carolina on Monday, April 4 (Tuesday, April 5, Manila time).

The Filipino-American fired 11 of his 14 points in the final 10:30 minutes to help the Jayhawks overcome a 16-point deficit and complete the largest comeback in a national championship en route to their first title since 2008.

Stepping up when it mattered most, Martin drained a long bomb from the right corner as Kansas finally took the lead at 53-50 after going down 22-38 late in the first half.

Martin then sank the last of his 4 three-pointers with 2:40 minutes to break a 65-65 deadlock before the Jayhawks banked on David McCormack down the stretch to deny the Tar Heels a second championship in five years.

North Carolina seized the upper hand at 69-68 off a Brady Manek bucket but went scoreless in the final 1:40 minutes, with McCormack netting back-to-back baskets to seal the title for Kansas.

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McCormack churned out 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jalen Wilson also chalked up 15 points to go with 4 rebounds and 2 steals for the Jayhawks, who trounced powerhouse Villanova in the final four to advance.

Christian Braun provided a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win, while Ochai Agbaji tallied 12 points as well.

It was a storybook ending for the 23-year-old Martin’s colorful NCAA career as he transferred to Kansas after four years with Arizona State.

Armando Bacot delivered 15 points and 15 rebounds, but his monster double-double went down the drain, with the Tar Heels crumbling down in the second half.

North Carolina shattered the record for the biggest blown lead by a losing team in national championship history held by Cincinnati, which blew a 15-point advantage against Loyola in 1963. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.