Welcome to the third installment of UAAP Season 76 MVP Watch. This week’s list features a newcomer, two returnees and two players who made it to the list since we started.
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5. Emmanuel Mbe, NU
Season 76 Stats: 18.0 ppg, 63.5% TS, 12.8rpg, 31.5 mpg
Despite NU’s two painful setbacks this week, Emmanuel Mbe managed to return to the list after failing to do so last week. With NU’s main offensive weapon Bobby Ray Parks struggling this week (29.7% eFG), Mbe was able to supplant Parks’ production. He steered the Bulldogs to a near comeback against FEU as he poured on 15 of his 27 points and five of his 17 rebounds in the fourth quarter. Against AdU, he tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
He’s been putting up greater numbers than his Season 73 production where he was a member of the Mythical Five. He is the only player in the league that has put up a double-double in every game this season with his rebounding splits of 18/19/18 looking crazy until you see the next guy on the list.
4. Charles Mammie, UE
Season 76 Stats: 14.0 ppg, 56.4% TS, 17.0 rpg, 31.2 mpg
UE is one happy team after finding a precious diamond from Sierra Leone in the person of Charles Mammie. With his intimidating presence inside, he could be the missing piece to the Red Warrior’s quest for the title. In their thrilling win against Ateneo, Mammie recorded 20 points and 23 rebounds. His 23 rebounds equals Jervy Cruz’ rebounding record in 2003. Mammie continued his onslaught against DLSU where he tallied 19 points and 16 rebounds to give UE its third victory.
Mammie’s rebounding numbers are out of this world. His 17.0 rebounds per game is a mile away from the rest of the pact and his rebounding splits of 29/18/24 is absolutely ridiculous. In addition to his rebounding prowess, his stamina and his ability to stay way from foul trouble are also to be commended as he managed to play 38 minutes in each of the two games this week.
3. Jericho Cruz, AdU
Season 76 Stats: 16.6 ppg, 44.3% TS, 6.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 33.0 mpg
In his only game this week, Jericho Cruz managed to show everyone that he is worth of MVP consideration as he put up 18 points, four rebounds and three assists against title favorites, the NU Bulldogs. Those numbers may not look superb as compared to other members of the list, but the way he put up those numbers is what really impressed me.
The Jericho Cruz we saw against NU is quite different as compared to previous weeks. He’s shot selection was better , making eight of his 16 field goal attempts and he also made converted two of his four three-point attempts. Yes, he’s making his jumpers, especially in the clutch time. So I guess we can now spell Jericho with J. We’ll see if this carries over to the next weeks.
2. Roi Sumang, UE (Previous Rank: 2)
Season 76 Stats: 20.5 ppg, 53.7% TS, 4.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 33.7 mpg
Despite struggling offensively for the entire game against Ateneo, Roi Sumang is simply unguardable in the clutch as he blew by his defender and gave UE the go-ahead basket. He may have finished with his season-low of 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, but his full arsenal was still on display vs. the defending champions.
In their come-from-behind victory against DLSU, Sumang went back to delivering huge numbers, finishing with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The best stat of all? He was able to get his points on nine field goal attempts, which translated to a true shooting percentage of 78.4%. Ridiculous, isn’t it?
1. Terrence Romeo, FEU (Previous Rank: 1)
Season 76 Stats: 22.0 ppg, 53.0% TS, 6.7 rpg, 4.5 apg, 29.7 mpg
How can you not put Terrence Romeo on top? He is playing extremely well and the Tamaraws are still undefeated. One can’t help but marvel his game today. He’s leading the league in points per game yet he’s able to assist 33% of his teammates field goals when he’s on the court. His penchant for passing and fascilitating the offense nowadays has turned FEU into such an unpredictable and hard to scout offensive team.
With all of that said though, Romeo reminded us this week just how good of a closer he is. When things were falling apart late against NU, with the Bulldogs mounting a furious chase in the fourth quarter, Romeo got the ball in his hands and made a lefty layup to give FEU some breathing space, on his way to 24 points and five assists and another win. Versus UST, he did not start. But then again, it doesn’t matter. In the 25 minutes given to him, he delivered 19 points, including 10 in the pivotal third quarter to give FEU its sixth win and quite a margin from the chasing pact in the team standings. Romeo is slowly but surely showing everone his ability to be that guy that will do whatever it takes to give his team a victory, something that is truly a legitimate measure of an MVP.