MVPs Oraeme and Mbala headline Collegiate Mythical Five
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2017 05:32 PM
CREAM OF THE CROP. Teammates Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng fill up two of the five spots in the Collegiate Mythical Team.
A pair of De La Salle University stars and three of the NCAA’s best players comprise the Mighty Sports Collegiate Mythical Five that will be feted on January 26 in the Collegiate Basketball Awards at the Montgomery Place Social Hall in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City.
The duo of Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng, who joined hands in leading the Green Archers to the UAAP championship last month, lead this year’s batch alongside Mapua Institute of Technology’s Allwell Oraeme, San Beda College’s Javee Mocon, and Arellano University’s Jiovani Jalalon.
They earned a place in the best five selected by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and backed by Mighty Sports for their outstanding performances during the collegiate season.
Their inclusion in the Mythical Five also makes them as candidates for the Smart Player of the Year, one of the major awards in the event backed by Smart, Accel, Mighty Sports, MJM Productions, and Chooks to Go.
Mbala was named UAAP Most Valuable Player while Teng took the Finals MVP plum as the Green Archers won their ninth championship in near-perfect fashion, winning 16 of 17 games including a sweep of the archrival Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals.
Meanwhile, Oraeme bagged his second straight NCAA MVP plum after carrying the Cardinals back to the Final Four.
Mocon was one of the vital figures of the Red Lions’ successful championship run in the NCAA, sweeping Jalalon and the Chiefs in the finals held last October.
Jalalon, now a PBA rookie, showed why he was one of the country’s top amateur cagers after carrying the Chiefs to their second Finals appearance in three seasons.
Meanwhile, Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin were named Coach of the Year for leading DLSU and San Beda, respectively, to the championship of their own leagues.