FEU's Terrence Romeo is UAAP Season 76 MVP
MANILA (UPDATE 2) Far Eastern University’s explosive guard Terrence Romeo will be named the Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament, beating out National University forward Ray Parks for the league’s top individual award.
Romeo, who led the Tamaraws to a 10-4 record at the end of the elimination round, collected 75.2857 statistical points (SPs) over the course of the season. He averaged a league-leading 22.2 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Since the 2010 season, the UAAP has based the individual awards solely on statistical points.
Parks, who won the MVP award in the previous two seasons, collected 73.8571 SPs and averaged 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists.
Parks actually came in third in the overall SPs list, after University of the East center Charles Mammie. The big man from Sierra Leone tallied 75.0 SPs, and normed 15.1 points and a league-leading 19.0 rebounds per game.
But Mammie has been disqualified from receiving individual awards as he was suspended for two games this season.
University of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul finished third in the MVP race with 70.9286 SPs, built on averages of 16.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.
Abdul was followed by UE guard Roi Sumang, who finished with 64.0 SPs and averaged 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
Coming in fifth in the MVP race is NU center Emmanuel Mbe, who tallied 63.5714 SPs and normed 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Based on the statistical points, Abdul, Sumang and Mbe will likely join Romeo and Parks in this year’s Mythical Five. A source told ABS-CBNnews.com that this is not yet a done deal, however, as the UAAP Board is still deciding if they will allow two foreigners to be featured in the league’s Mythical team.
Should Mbe be deemed ineligible for the honor, La Salle forward Jason Perkins will take his place. Perkins finished with 58.5 SPs and averaged 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season.
Romeo follows in the footsteps of FEU guards Johnny Abarrientos and current teammate RR Garcia as the only guards to win the MVP award.
He scored 30 points or more three times this season, highlighted by a 33-point explosion against University of the Philippines in their last game of the elimination round. He also showed a much improved all-around game, and tallied 12 assists in their first game of the season.
Meanwhile, in the juniors division, Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena ran away with the MVP award after tallying 79.5714 SPs. The next player in the MVP race, National U’s Mark Dyke, tallied 74.7143 SPs.
Romeo and the rest of the awardees will likely receive their trophies during the awarding ceremonies before Game 2 of the Season 76 Finals.
UAAP statistics are provided by Imperium Technology and Smart Bro.