UAAP 80: DLSU’s Mbala, Ateneo’s Ravena headline Mythical 5

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 29, 2017 03:26 PM
UAAP 80: DLSU’s Mbala, Ateneo’s Ravena headline Mythical 5
Two DLSU Green Archers, one Ateneo Blue Eagle, one NU Bulldog, and one UE Red Warrior comprise the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament Mythical Team

Ben Mbala is now back-to-back MVP.

Averaging 26 points in 52 percent shooting, 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals all while powering De La Salle University to a 12-2 finish in the elimination round and then back onto the Finals, Mbala was, far and away, the best player in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Flanking him in the Mythical Team are teammate Ricci Rivero and rival Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University.

Ravena wound up as runner-up in the MVP race with per game counts of 14.6 points in 44.6 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He was a big part of the Blue Eagles’ 13-1 record in the eliminations as well as their return to the championship round.

Rivero, on the other hand, leapfrogged Adamson University’s Papi Sarr, National University’s Issa Gaye, and University of Sto. Tomas’ Steve Akomo for the selection as league rules only allow one foreign student-athlete in the Mythical Team

Rivero, Taft Avenue’s second-year stud, had norms of 13.8 points in 48 percent shooting, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals.

Also in the Mythical Team are National University’s J-Jay Alejandro and University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol who got good endings to their stellar seasons.

Alejandro was third in the MVP race with per game counts of 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.3 steals.

Having stuffed the stat sheet worked wonders for his Statistical Point count as he didn’t get much boost from the Bulldogs’ 5-9 record.

The same goes for MVP race fourth-placer Pasaol who averaged 20.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.6 assists.

Those monster numbers in scoring – including a milestone mark 49 points in a single game – helped him overcome the Red Warriors’ 3-11 standing.


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