Jake Figueroa soars as UAAP 82 boys basketball rookie MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 07, 2020 02:15 PM
Figueroa soars as UAAP 82 boys basketball rookie MVP
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Jake Figueroa took the stage and then took the ball, never to let it go en route to being the undisputed MVP in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament.

Already the frontrunner in the race for the top individual player award after the first round, Figueroa surrendered no ground to his competitors and wound up with 73.00 Statistical Points (SPs) at the end of eliminations.

The 6-foot-2 forward built that up behind per game counts of 13.2 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks and all of that was more than enough for a six-point distance from his closest competitor.

Figueroa came from out of nowhere and emerged as the tournament's most impressive breakout player, carrying the Baby Falcons back to the Final Four.

Alongside that, the tireless workhorse also willed himself into the MVP award in just his first season.

He will take home the top individual player trophy to San Marcelino for the first time since Season 71 when Mark Juruena won.

Distant runners-up to Figueroa is the Ateneo de Manila High School wing pairing of Josh Lazaro and Lebron Lopez who wound up with 66.79 and 66.21 SPs, respectively.

Rounding out the top five are Kevin Quiambao of Nazareth School of National University and Aldous Torculas of the University of the Philippines Integrated School.

Following suit are University of Sto. Tomas' Bismarck Lina, UPIS' Ray Allen Torres, University of the East's CJ Austria, Far Eastern University-Diliman's Penny Estacio, and Ateneo's Forthsky Padrigao.

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