For first three weeks of the MVP Watch, FEU’s Terrence Romeo and UE’s Roi Sumang had occupied the top two positions, with the remaining three slots constantly shuffling between a handful of players. Will the trend continue? Let’s check out the UAAP Season 76 MVP Watch: Week 4
5. Karim Abdul, UST (Previous Rank: N/A)
Season 76 Stats: 13.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 48.7% TS, 31.7 mpg
After starting Season 76 on a low note, Karim Abdul has finally re-established himself as a premier slotman in the UAAP. With the loss of leading scorer Jeric Teng due to a shoulder injury, Abdul is one of the players who elevated their game for UST. In two games this week, Abdul averaged 10 points, 11.5 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29.5 minutes as UST went 1-1. In their loss against Ateneo, Abdul was tightly defended as he only managed to score five points on five field goal attempts. This is way below his average of 11.3 attempts this season and it points to how large his role is for the Tigers.
With the probable return of Teng in the 2nd round, can Abdul continue putting up good numbers? He may be averaging a double-double this season, but it is not as good as his Season 75 averages of 15.8 points and 11.6 rebounds where he was a member of the Mythical Five.
4. Emmanuel Mbe, NU (Previous Rank: 5)
Season 76 Stats: 17.1 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 59.7% TS, 31.4 mpg
Emmanuel Mbe is so good this season that the only wrong thing he did was wear the wrong uniform in their game against La Salle last Sunday. Kidding aside, he is putting up numbers similar to his Season 73 production where he was the runner-up in the MVP race.
His double-double streak to start this season ended after six games when he registered 12 points and six rebounds in NU’s win over DLSU. With Bobby Ray Parks going through shooting woes for most of the 1st round, Mbe took charge for the Bulldogs. It’s looking like Parks’ struggles are now behind him and with the reigning MVP back in the fold, NU is looking to prove to everyone that they are really contenders for the crown this season.
3. Roi Sumang, UE (Previous Rank: 2)
Season 76 Stats: 19.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 51.2% TS, 34.0 mpg
Blame Moriah Gingerich guys.
Sumang falls one spot in this week’s list as he really struggled against the sticky defense of Gingerich. He scored a season-low 10 points on 2-11 shooting in UE’s narrow win over the still winless UP Fighting Maroons. Despite his struggles from the field, he still managed to contribute in other aspects as he grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists. Though he was struggling for almost entire game, UE still trusted him to bring them to the promised land in the homestretch as he sank four free throws to seal the deal for the Red Warriors.
With the emergence of center Charles Mammie (who is now disqualified from the MVP race after getting a suspension), will UE’s offense be more of Mammie and less of Sumang? As seen in their game against UP, Mammie can really be a legitimate offensive force should teams focus their defense on Sumang.
2. Bobby Ray Parks, NU (Previous Rank: N/A)
Season 76 Stats: 18.9 ppg, 4.4 apg, 44.3% TS, 32.9 mpg
The reigning two-time MVP finally broke into the best player list as he shrugged off his struggles via a statement game to lead the NU Bulldogs past the talent-laden DLSU Green Archers. He filled the stat sheet with 20 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals to give NU its fourth victory.
As mentioned above, prior to the game against DLSU, Parks has been struggling offensively, shooting only 28.4% from the field and 22.2% from the three-point area. Could this game be the turnaround of his season? One thing is for sure, he (and the Bulldogs) have to perform better if he wants to be the first player ever to win three UAAP MVP awards in three consecutive seasons.
1. Terrence Romeo, FEU (Previous Rank: 1)
Season 76 Stats: 22.6 ppg, 4.1 apg, 52.8% TS, 29.9 mpg
The helter-skelter guard of FEU Tamaraws added another feather in his cap as he scorched for a season-high 26 points, including the team’s last eight points and a dagger three, to spearhead the Tamaraws to a 74-71 victory over the Adamson Soaring Falcons and subsequently, to a 7-0 record.
With his spectacular display in the final moments against Adamson, Romeo further solidifies himself as the best closer in the league today. As FEU finished the first round undefeated, there is no question that he is the clear frontrunner for the MVP award. The question now is, can he keep it up in the 2nd round?
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