Arellano's Aaron Fermin is the NCAA Jrs. MVP who never was

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2018 07:20 PM
Arellano's Aaron Fermin is the NCAA Jrs. MVP who never was
There is a timeline where Aaron Fermin finishes his high school career with back-to-back MVPs

In a parallel universe, Arellano High School’s Aaron Fermin is well on his way to a second straight MVP.

Instead, he – and the rest of the Braves, for that matter – find themselves on the outside looking in on the Final Four for the second straight season.

The Legarda-based squad is no longer in contention after its latest loss on Friday.

Even worse, two of their remaining three assignments are traditional powerhouse San Beda High School and last year’s runner-up Mapua High School

And so, things aren’t looking so good for Arellano. “Nung una nga, yung team namin, maganda simula pero sunod-sunod na talo at pababa nang pababa ang kumpyansa. Eto kami ngayon, nalugmok kami,” Fermin said.

In turn, things aren’t also looking so good for his hopes at an MVP award. “Masakit po talaga. Sayang po talaga,” he said, visibly disappointed while doing so.

He then continued, “Araw-araw akong nagtatrabaho, lahat ginagawa ko, pero kulang talaga communication namin. Ayaw magbigayan, ayaw magtulungan sa amin kaya ngayon, nasa baba na lang kami.”

No official Statistical Points (SPs) have been released, but according to sources, the graduating big man is the frontrunner as top individual player in the ongoing season.

As per league rules, though, the Season MVP should come from a team which makes the next round.

In that case, numbers back up Fermin with averages of 14.2 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks, but his team wins have pulled him down.

And so, this will be the second year in a row where the 6-foot-5 hulking presence will not be able to hoist the MVP trophy because of the Braves’ standing.

Last year, he was also number one in the MVP race all throughout the season with per game counts of 14.8 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks, but failed to take home the award as his team only finished sixth.

More than individual glory, however, Fermin is downtrodden that the Braves, with championship caliber cores the past two years, have missed out on the playoffs for the second straight season. “May chance pa naman, pero ‘di na po malaki. Sobrang sakit sa akin kasi sobrang lakas namin tapos ‘di kami makakapasok,” he said.

Even so, the Arellano pillar vows to keep working. “Siguro, ipapanalo na lang namin yung natitira at ibubuhos na lahat, lalo na ako, last games ko na sa Juniors,” he said.

He then continued, “Sabi nga ni coach, ‘Ipanalo na lang natin ‘tong last three games tapos tignan natin saan tayo pupulutin.’”

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