MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo Blue Eagles star Kiefer Ravena is currently on pace to win a second consecutive UAAP senior’s basketball tournament Most Valuable Player award after amassing 70.86 statistical points in the first round of Season 78’s eliminations.
The fifth-year Ravena, who attained 77.64 SPs to win last year’s MVP award, is currently averaging 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.7 steals a game this season as his Blue Eagles have won 4 of their first 7 games.
Coming in second and third in the MVP race after the first round are UST’s dynamic duo of Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag, who’s gathered 68.29 and 65.00 statistical points, respectively.
The Growling Tigers are currently tied with the FEU Tamaraws for lead of the UAAP league standings with a 6-1 record.
Coming in fourth in the race is National U big man Alfred Aroga with 61.14 SPs, while Jeron Teng of De La Salle is fifth with 60.14 SPs.
Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia of the Tamaraws are in sixth and seventh places, respectively, while Karim Abdul of UST, Raymar Jose of FEU, and Edison Batiller of UE round up the rest of the top 10.
In the race for the UAAP Rookie of the Year, La Salle’s budding star Andrei Caracut leads all true freshmen with 37.14 SPs, which is 24th overall.
Ateneo’s Matt Nieto is second with 28.86, which is tied with Julian Sargent for 34th overall.
While Ravena is currently the leader to win the MVP award a second straight year, his scoring title hangs in jeopardy.
Fresh off a career-high 34-point performance in a win against UE, Daquioag currently leads the UAAP scoring race with an average of 19.4 points a game.
Ravena is second with an average of 18.3 points a game, while Ferrer is third with an average of 17.9 points per game.
Teng and Batiller, with averages of 17.4 points and 15.3 points per game respectively, round up the rest of the top 5.
Pape Sarr of Adamson currently leads the league in rebounding with 13.1 per game, while Ravena and Tolomia are leading the assists department with 5 a game. Batiller’s 3.1 steals per game leads the league, while Ateneo rookie big man Chibueze Ikeh leads the UAAP in blocks with 1.6 a game.
The second round of the UAAP senior’s basketball tournament opens on Saturday, October 10, when Adamson takes on UP, to be followed by UE vs. NU.
On Sunday, October 11, Ateneo will face FEU before DLSU takes on UST. – Rappler.com