NCAA 95: Oftana poised to bring back MVP to San Beda for first time since 2010

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2019 12:36 PM
NCAA 95: Oftana poised to bring back MVP to San Beda
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Calvin Oftana is a pleasant surprise at the head of the pack in the MVP race of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.

San Beda University's breakout star has totaled a 51.22 Player's Average Value (PAV) after the first round built on per game counts of 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.2 blocks.

His strong showings have made sure that the three-time defending champions haven't missed a beat sans versatile forward Javee Mocon.

If Oftana keeps up this pace, he will be the first San Beda player to be hailed as MVP since Sudan Daniel in 2010.

The runner-up thus far in the MVP race also comes from Mendiola in the form of second-year playmaker Evan Nelle who has averaged 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals to accumulate a 44.11 PAV.

Two other Red Lions are also in the top five with Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua and Filipino-Canadian James Canlas at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Rounding out the top five is San Sebastian College-Recoletos' Allyn Bulanado who has a 43.78 PAV.

Meanwhile, Justin Arana of Arellano University is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.


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