Mbala takes top honors in UAAP 79 Week 1 Dream Team
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 13, 2016 08:37 PM
BIG-TIME. There wasn't even any discussion that Ben Mbala was the most impressive player for all of Week 1.
Opening Weekend and Week 1 are over and done with in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And after only one and a half weeks, players have already begun capturing our hearts and our minds. True to this year’s theme of “Dare to Dream,” we bring you our Week 1 Dream Team.
Ben Mbala, De La Salle University
There didn’t even need to be a discussion among reporters as to who was the season’s maiden Player of the Week. That honor belonged to Ben Mbala and Ben Mbala alone as he posted averages of 21.5 points in 60.7 percent shooting, 18.5 rebounds, three blocks, and one steal through the first week and the half.
As if that wasn’t enough, keep in mind that the Cameroonian is a rookie holding down the fort for consensus title favorite De La Salle University.
If those still didn’t win you over, then we’ll just let these highlights do the convincing:
Alfred Aroga, National University
Silent as they come, steady as they come, Alfred Aroga remains the pillar in National University’s continued contention.
The Bulldogs are tangled atop the leaderboard with the title favorites and the foremost reason is the Cameroonian who posted per game counts of 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, three blocks, 1.5 assists, and one steal.
Aroga doesn’t do much smiling, but he sure is the reason that NU can still smile.
Jeron Teng, De La Salle University
Jeron Teng has never produced the same sort of highlights his immediately impactful rookie reinforcement already, has, but he remains one of the most, if not the most, consistent producers in the league.
That hasn’t changed in his fifth and final year as his 20 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists averages have been key to DLSU’s promise-fulfilling 2-0 start to the season.
Mbala’s power performance was more recent, but don’t forget that it was Teng who lifted the Archers over bitter enemies Far Eastern University in the tournament-opener.
Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson University
From the moment he committed to Adamson University, much has been said about the younger brother of PBA player Maverick Ahanmisi.
Jerrick did nothing but live up to the hype and poured in 28 points to show his squad the way to victory in his debut. He then followed that up with 19 points for eye-popping norms of 23 points, including 70 percent shooting from three, 5.5 rebounds, and two assists through his first two big-league games.
The Soaring Falcons have long been searching for a star and they just might have found one in the Filipino-Nigerian.
Renzo Subido, University of Sto. Tomas
From out of nowhere, Renzo Subido returned with a vengeance to take the shine out of Louie Vigil and Kent Lao.
The third-year guard’s 26-point outburst was not only his collegiate career-best, it was also what propelled University of Sto. Tomas to a much-needed first win. After that career game, his averages now stand at 14 points, three assists, and three rebounds.
For a Growling Tiger outfit still looking for answers where to get the points left behind by Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag, Subido’s outburst was only a much-welcome development.
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