Mbala to be crowned MVP; Teng, Jose, Ravena, Desiderio round out Mythical 5

De La Salle’s behemoth Ben Mbala is set to be named UAAP Season 79’s Most Valuable Player while teammate Jeron Teng, Far Eastern University’s Raymar Jose, Ateneo de Manila’s Thirdy Ravena and University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio are set to round out the season’s Mythical Five.

Mbala, who’s led the Green Archers to the number one spot at the end of the elimination round, garnered 92.42 Statistical Points (SP’s) after averaging 20.5 points, 16 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season while the graduating Teng, who averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists, will land his fourth straight Mythical Five spot after having 57.33 SP’s.

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The versatile big man Jose of the Tamaraws on the other hand has been the lone local player who’s averaged a double-double for the season after amassing 11.1 points and 11 rebounds per game to amount to 53.64 SP’s.

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Ateneo’s athletic wing man Ravena averaged 9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists to lead the Blue Eagles to a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals. Ravena had 49.14 SP’s.

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The trigger-happy Desiderio, who’s Maroons fell short of the Final Four, had 55.14 SP’s after per game averages of 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

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The awards have been based on the SP’s that have been amassed during the two elimination rounds and has been computed by the league’s statistics provider, Imperium Sports Technology.

Surprisingly out of the season’s best five has been Adamson University’s Pape Sarr who despite averaged 14.4 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1 block per game and finished second in MVP voting, didn’t make the cut.

The explanation behind this is because, unlike the previous years where the awardees have been based on the top five players with the most SP’s, awardees this year have been picked per position. Meaning, the SP’s leader for the Center position (Mbala), the top two from the Forward positions (Jose and Teng) and the top two from the Guard (Ravena and Desiderio) positions were the grounds of the awards.

Another Green Archer in Aljun Melecio will also be given an award as the tournament’s Rookie of the Year after averaging 8.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game to garner 36.57 SP’s. Adamson’s Jerrick Ahanmisi was believed to be a front-runner for this award but league officials say that the sweet-shooting Falcon stopped his studies for one year before joining the San Marcelino-based squad. League rules only allows players who have been straight out of high school for this award.

The UAAP Season 79 Awarding Ceremonies will be on Wednesday, December 7 at 3 pm to be followed by Game Two of the Finals between La Salle and Ateneo.