MVP Mbala joined by teammate Rivero, rival Ravena in Mythical 5

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 27, 2017 07:11 PM
MVP Mbala joined by Rivero, Ravena in Mythical 5
BEST OF THE BEST. Thirdy Ravena and Ricci Rivero were key cogs in the Finals run of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, respectively.

For the second straight season, De La Salle University’s Ben Mbala is first and Ateneo de Manila University’s Thirdy Ravena is second in terms of Statistical Points (SPs).

That means that Mbala will be hoisting his second straight MVP award before Game 2 of the Finals of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers’ main man proved he is still, far and away, the top individual player in the league with per game counts of 26 points in 52 percent shooting, 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals.

He has also powered the Taft-based team to a 12-2 finish in the elimination round and back onto the Finals.

In all, those combined for 96.58 SPs – 30 better than his closest competitor.

That closest competitor is Ravena whose 63.86 SPs places him as the runner-up again to the Cameroonian powerhouse.

The Blue Eagles’ first among equals averaged 14.6 points in 44.6 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He was a big part of their 13-1 record in the eliminations as well as their return to the championship round.

Joining them in the Mythical Team is another DLSU player is Ricci Rivero.

The second-year stud had norms of 13.8 points in 48 percent shooting, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals for 56.29 SPs.

That put him eighth in the MVP race.

However, league rules only allow one foreign student-athlete in the Mythical Team. As such, Adamson University’s Papi Sarr (fifth with 63.15 SPs), National University’s Issa Gaye (57.57 SPs), and University of Sto. Tomas’ Steve Akomo (56.77 SPs) were all ineligible due to Mbala’s inclusion.

Rounding out the Mythical selections are NU’s J-Jay Alejandro and University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol.


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