It’s anybody’s season at this point. After three weeks of exciting matchups, all eight UAAP teams have already dealt with at least one loss. Some players on our MVP Watch struggled, some were consistent, and some played better.

Let’s check out who made it to the top five on our third installment.

 5. MIKE TOLOMIA, FEU

Previous Rank: N/A

PTS OREB TREB AST STL BLK TOV EFG% TS% PER
18.3 0.7 3.3 3.0 0.3 0.0 4.0 61.3 62.6 31.9

Mike Tolomia was the leading scorer in FEU’s big win over UP. (Photo Credit: Paul Ryan Tan, SLAM Philippines)

The FEU Tamaraws made a huge third quarter run to grab the win against UP. Bouncing back from the loss versus UST, Mike Tolomia led the way with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, and three assists.

FEU is currently the second best offensive team in the league (next to Ateneo) and Tolomia is one of the Tamaraws to thank for this. He’s shooting more efficiently now compared to last season, as evidenced by the jump in his effective field goal percentage (from 36.3 to 61.3%) and true shooting percentage (from 38.8 to 62.6%).  All the other numbers across his stat line declined from last year though.

4. JERON TENG, DLSU

Previous Rank: N/A

PTS OREB TREB AST STL BLK TOV EFG% TS% PER
14.0 4.3 7.0 3.8 0.5 0.5 2.8 34.5 40.3 20.1

Jeron Teng enters the MVP Watch for the first time this season. (Photo Credit: Dante Diosina, NPPA Images)

 

 Last season’s Finals MVP made it to our list on the week that the defending champions gutted out their first two wins of the season. He especially played big in the game versus UE finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two blocks! He also joined the turnover party though, contributing six of the 36 (!) turnovers of La Salle. He shot 50% of his field goals, and knowing Jeron, that’s quite an achievement. Prior to that game, he was only making 28% of his attempts.

3. ARVIN TOLENTINO, ADMU

Previous Rank: N/A

Arvin Tolentino is having a remarkable start to his collegiate career. (Photo Credit: Arvin Lim, Fabilioh)

 

PTS OREB TREB AST STL BLK TOV EFG% TS% PER 15.8 2.8 6.8 0.8 0.0 0.8 2.0 55.4 59.4 28.8

Offensively, Arvin Tolentino has been living up to the hype of his recruitment. For a rookie, he’s been consistently posting impressive numbers. He even scored game-high points in both of their matches this week, finishing with 20 against UP and 17 against NU. He also contributed eight and nine boards respectively. So much potential for this kid right here.

Defensively, it’s another story. His being a liability as a defender was particularly highlighted when Troy Rosario capitalized on Arvin’s defensive lapses to lead the Bulldogs to victory and hand the Eagles their first loss.

2. MAC BELO, FEU

Previous Rank: 5

PTS OREB TREB AST STL BLK TOV EFG% TS% PER
17.0 2.3 6.3 2.3 0.7 0.0 3.0 63.6 65.9 34.8 

Mac Belo has quietly crept up to the second spot. (Photo Credit: Czeasar Dancel, NPPA Images)

 

Another one of FEU’s offensive firepower has made it into this week’s list as Mac Belo, the league’s third best scorer so far, ascended into the second spot. Coming off the bench in their game against UP, Belo almost made a a double-double production, posting 12 points and nine rebounds. He’s shooting 60.6 percent from the field, an improvement to last season’s 45.2 percent. The Belo-Tolomia tandem has been working so well for the Tams. Is it the new Terrence-RR, minus the rumored feud?

1. KIEFER RAVENA, ADMU

For the third week in a row, Kiefer Ravena is on top of MVP Watch. (Photo Credit: Reiley Udasco, Fabilioh)

Previous Rank: 1

PTS

OREB TREB AST STL BLK TOV EFG% TS% PER

20.8

1.3 4.3 4.0 1.8 0.3 2.0 42.1 49.9 31.4

Are you surprised that Kiefer is sill number one after his subpar performance against NU? For me, not so much. Heading into that game, he was miles away from the rest of the MVP contenders. Now, he still is, but to be able to stay on top, he can’t keep laying bricks like that (3-of-20 shooting) and making questionable decisions in the endgame. And by staying on top, I’m no longer talking of him as an individual but of Ateneo who is currently sharing the top spot with NU.

Kiefer is still the league’s leading scorer averaging 20.8 points per contest, but his player efficiency rating has gone down to 31.4. That PER is definitely not bad, BUT he was 41.3 last week (Hashtag High Expectations. Haha!). He’s third in the league in terms of PER, next to FEU’s Belo and Tolomia.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Player Team PTS OREB TREB AST STL BLK TOV EFG% TS% PER

Karim Abdul

UST 11.7 3.3 8.7 1.3 1.0 2.0 4.0 39.4 44.2 17.6

Troy Rosario

NU 13.0 2.3 7.8 1.0 0.3 0.5 1.8 53.3 52.6 28.8

Chris Newsome

ADMU 10.8 2.3 8.3 2.0 0.8 0.8 3.0 44.9 49.5 20.1

Jason Perkins

DLSU 13.0 2.5 8.8 1.8 0.3 0.3 2.5 55.3 61.3 27.7

Alfred Aroga

NU 27.9 2.3 8.8 0.3 0.3 1.5 2.8 51.3 49.8 21.6

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