Rhenz Abando clutched his MVP trophy at heart court docket, however the most interesting baller of the NCAA Season 97 males’s basketball event needed a far larger prize than essentially the most prestigious particular person reward.
“I’m very pleased, however our job shouldn’t be but achieved. I’m not contented with these awards, it wasn’t even deliberate. I’ve just one aim and that’s to win the championship,’’ stated Abando, who likewise captured the Rookie of the Year accolade and put in himself within the Mythical Five choice.
Abando’s longing for a collegiate title didn’t pan out on the University of Santo Tomas within the UAAP and his switch to the defending champion Letran Knights may make that dream a actuality.
“We had been brief the final time I performed within the Finals. My predominant aim for transferring right here is to lastly get a (championship) trophy,’’ stated Abando, who compiled a gamers common worth of 48.44 factors after logging averages of 15.73 factors, 6.36 rebounds, 1.73 assists and 1.27 blocks.
These figures helped propel the defending champion Knights to a return journey to the Finals and Abando because the MVP of the season for Letran since Raymond Almazan achieved the feat in 2013.
The 6-foot-2 ahead, who hails from Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan, was the fourth Rookie-MVP of the league after Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme in 2015, San Beda’s Sam Ekwe in 2006 and Gabby Espinas of Philippine Christian University in 2004.
Arellano heart Justin Arana led the stats sheets with a 58.75 PAV, however was rendered ineligible for the MVP plum after the Chiefs didn’t progress to the Final Four.
Joining Abando and Arana within the Mythical Team had been Letran’s Jeo Ambohot (47.22 PAV), St. Benilde’s Will Gozum (46.88 PAV) and season scoring champion JM Calma of San Sebastian (41.77 PAV).
Arana, nonetheless, clinched the Defensive Player of the Year award with Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Nat Cosejo, Lyceum’s Omar Larupay, Gozum, Ambohot and Calma accompanying him within the All-Defensive Team.
Mapua’s Paolo Hernandez, who jumped from thirty fifth to tenth in statistics this season, was adjudged Most Improved Player of the season whereas the sportsmanship award went to the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas.
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