NCAA 95: Calvin Oftana is first MVP from San Beda since 2010
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 10, 2019 11:33 AM
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Calvin Oftana’s transformation from ready reserve to key cog is complete.
Oftana is poised to bring back the MVP trophy to San Beda University after winding up as the top individual performer in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
On the back of averages of 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 blocks in 24.6 minutes, the 6-foot-5 forward totaled a Player Average Value (PAV) of 51.56.
That was more than enough for him to best closest competitor and teammate Evan Nelle who had 45.39 PAV.
Oftana is the first Red Lion to be hailed as MVP since American Sudan Daniel in 2010.
His breakout year comes just as Mendiola was looking for a new leader after the departures of Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon.
This, after only posting per game counts of 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds last year.
Flanking MVP Oftana in the Mythical Team are San Beda teammates Nelle and James Canlas as well as San Sebastian College-Recoletos' Allyn Bulanadi and Lyceum of the Philippines University's Jaycee Marcelino.
Another Red Lion will also be awarded in Donald Tankoua who has been recognized as the first-ever Best Foreign Player.
Meanwhile, the league's best shot blocker Justin Arana from Arellano University is set to be named Rookie of the Year while Fran Yu from Colegio de San Juan de Letran is set to be named Most Improved Player.
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