Adamson High School’s do-it-all swingman John Figueroa is the surprise leader in the MVP race after the first round of the UAAP Season 82 High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament.
Figueroa, who is in Grade 11 and stands at 6-foot-2, tallied 68.86 statistical points (SPs) built on his norms of 12.14 points, 14.29 rebounds, 1.86 assists, 1.43 steals, and 1.43 blocks per game.
The native of Pampanga, who was discovered by Ron Tuazon, has led the Baby Falcons to a 4-3 record so far — tied with Ateneo High School for third.
Far Eastern University guard Penny Estacio sits at fourth with 67 SPs after posting numbers of 17.14 points, 6.14 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.71 steals for the second-running Baby Tamaraws, who own a 6-1 slate.
Torculas is averaging 10.57 points, 17.0 rebounds, 3.28 assists, 2.29 steals, and 2.43 blocks for the 0-7 Junior Fighting Maroons while Lopez is norming 16.29 points, 10.14 rebounds, 2.14 blocks, and 1.14 steals for the 4-3 Blue Eaglets.
Ateneo’s Forthsky Padrigao (66.14 SPs) and Josh Lazaro (65.85); UE’s Cyrus Austria (64.71); NU’s Carl Tamayo (62.29); and UP’s Ray Torres (59.71) complete the top 10 student-cagers of the tournament so far.
On Sunday, action resumes in the Boys’ Basketball Tournament after a month-long break with NU-NS taking on AHS in a rematch of last year’s Finals.
The Bullpups and the Blue Eaglets clash in the televised 3 p.m. match – the last of a heavy four-game bill.
DLSZ and UPIS will be the other featured TV game at 1 p.m.
In other opening second round matches, FEU-D and Adamson collide at 11 a.m., right after UST and UE take the floor at 9 a.m.