Reigning MVP vs MVP frontrunner as Altas take on Cardinals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 27, 2015 02:18 AM
Reigning MVP vs MVP frontrunner as Altas take on Cardinals
MVP IMPLICATIONS. Three of the players currently in the top five in the MVP race will be on the same floor on Thursday.

Games on Thursday at the San Juan Arena

2:00 PM – JRU (5-4) vs Arellano (6-3)

4:00 PM – Mapua (4-5) vs Perpetual (7-2)

With the erstwhile league-leaders having dropped two of their last three, a triple-tie for the top of the leaderboard in the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament is now a possibility.

Reigning MVP Scottie Thompson will lead University of Perpetual Help in turning it into a reality while MVP frontrunner Allwell Oraeme will seek to boost his candidacy with a much-needed win for Mapua Institute of Technology on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.

The Altas and the Cardinals clash at 4:00 PM.

Currently at 7-2, Perpetual needs one win to match the records of current league-leaguers Letran and San Beda. The Las Pinas-based squad will try to squeeze themselves into a share of first place on the back of Thompson and Bright Akhuetie who are both in the top five of the MVP race.

Hoping to play spoiler will be Oraeme who is pacing the MVP statistical race by a mile, but will also need to lift 4-5 Mapua into the Final Four to stay in contention. The good news for the Intramuros-based team is that top gunner Josan Nimes and court general CJ Isit have both said they will be ready for the start of the second round.

Meanwhile, the Arellano University Chiefs look to hold off the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers for the fourth spot at 2:00 PM.

Jiovani Jalalon has steered the Chiefs into proving their runner-up finish from a year ago was not a fluke. Standing at 6-3, only the three teams above them in the standings have beaten Arellano.

On the other hand, the Bombers have been plagued by inconsistency as Teytey Teodoro has been the only player head coach Vergel Meneses could rely on. For JRU to improve on its 5-4 standing, more production is needed from veteran Paolo Pontejos as well as once promising rookie Abdel Poutouochi.

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