David Zapata (Spain) expressed his feelings on receiving the 2022-23 Professional Billiards Association (PBA) Team League Postseason Most Valuable Player Award.
Blue One Resort Angels set score 4-3스포츠토토 (11:1, 6) against Welcome Savings Bank Wellbang Phoenix in the 5th game of the ‘Welcome Savings Bank PBA Team League 2022-2023’ postseason final held at the Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 21st. :9, 15:6, 2:9, 6:11, 9:6, 11:1).
Blue One Resort, which came out on top with a combined record of 4 wins and 1 loss, won 100 million won in prize money and 50 million won for the runner-up Welcome Savings Bank. Zapata, who performed very well in the finals alone with 8 wins and 2 losses, was selected as the MVP and received 5 million won.
“I am so happy to win,” said Zapata. The PBA Team League was very long and the pressure was great, but it was also a new experience. It is even better to be able to share such a special experience with my colleagues.”
In the meantime, Zapata has been highly praised for his individual performance rather than his team play. “I know a lot of people (when talking about me) say individual tours rather than team leagues,” he said. “Team leagues are a new system, so I’ve been trying to adapt well.”
Zapata, who explained, “I did my best (to win) every time I played in the team league,” said, “As a result, I was awarded MVP. I am really proud and happy.”
Blue One Resort won its first postseason championship in the PBA Team League three years after its founding. In the 2020-21 season, he was sluggish throughout the season, earning the stigma of ‘last in ten thousand years’.
However, after winning the second half league in the 2021-22 season and finishing runner-up in the postseason, in the 2022-23 season, it has established itself as a strong player in the PBA Team League, both in name and reality, by winning second place in the late league and winning the postseason.
Zapata has been with Blue One Resort since his PBA Team League first year. The feeling of winning this postseason and winning the MVP award is unique.