Mbala set to hoist MVP trophy before Game 2 on Wednesday

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 05, 2016 06:56 PM
Mbala set to hoist MVP trophy before Game 2 on Wednesday
NO DOUBT. Ben Mbala is the first MVP from DLSU since Don Allado in 1999.

What has been known since the start of the season is now official.

De La Salle University’s Ben Mbala will be recognized as the Most Valuable Player in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The awarding ceremonies will commence at 2:00 PM, before Game 2 of the Finals.

More than 20 points ahead of his closest competitor, the Cameroonian ended the elimination round with 92.4 Statistical Points (SPs).

Mbala averaged 20.6 20.6 points in 54 percent shooting, 16.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 assists all while carrying the Taft-based team to a league-best 12-1 standing.

Come the Final Four, the 21-year-old still didn’t let up as the Green Archers won against Adamson University in the semifinals and then against Ateneo de Manila University in Game 1 of the Finals. From the get-go, he led the league in points, rebounds, and blocks.

The race wasn’t even close with second-placer Papi Sarr of Adamson University only mustering 69.9 SPs.

Mbala is the first DLSU player to win the MVP since Don Allado in 1999.


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