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Abando, Ambohot 1-2 in unofficial NCAA MVP race


Halfway through the NCAA Season 97 Seniors Basketball Tournament, two Knights from Colegio de San Juan de Letran are leading the pack in Tiebreaker Times’ unofficial Most Valuable Player race.

As expected, Rhenz Abando is leading the way. Unexpectedly though, close behind is teammate Jeo Ambohot.

Abando, a tranferee from University of Santo Tomas who is also a rookie in the league, has garnered 52.4 Player All-around Value (PAV) so far as he is averaging 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in five games played

Ambohot, meanwhile, is just .6 PAVs behind Abando as he is norming 10.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 assists per contest.

If Abando wins both Rookie of the Year and MVP, he will join Philippine Christian University’s Gabby Espinas (Season 80), San Beda’s Sam Ekwe (82), and Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme (91) as the league’s only rookie MVP winners.

Running at third is Arellano’s Justin Arana with 51 PAVs due to his numbers of 13.6 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and 1.4 assists per game.

At fourth with 47.5 PAVs is Saint Benilde’s Will Gozum. The transferee from University of the Philippines, who is also second in the Rookie of the Year race, is averaging 14.0 points, 9.67 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 assists in six games played.

Completing the top five is Mapua’s Warren Bonifacio with 46.17 PAVs. Bonifacio is posting numbers of 10.83 points, 10.17 rebounds, and 1.83 assists in six games played.

And it is most likely that Season 97 will one up Season 92’s Mythical Team as the entire All-NCAA team will be composed of frontcourt players.NCAA-92-Awarding-Mythical-Five-4907 Abando, Ambohot 1-2 in unofficial NCAA MVP race AU Bandwagon Wire Basketball CSB CSJL EAC LPU MIT NCAA SBC SSC-R  - philippine sports news

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Rounding up the top 10 are San Beda’s James Canlas (43 PAVs) and JB Bahio (43); Emilio Aguinaldo’s Allen Liwag (42.17); San Sebastian’s JM Calma (39.33); and Lyceum’s Enoch Valdez (38.33).

Defensive Player of the Year

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Arana may not be the leader in the MVP race but he is bound for a second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award.

The 6-foot-5 big man who is in his last playing year has 12.4 defensive PAVs as he has 45 defensive rebounds, 14 blocks, and three steals.

Running second is Bonifacio with 10.0 DPAVs while completing the All-Defensive Team are Liwag (9.67), Gozum (9.17), and Calma (8.17).

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