La Salle's Mbala on track for second straight UAAP MVP award

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 13) — Ben Mbala of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers is on the verge of bagging his second consecutive UAAP Most Valuable Player honor.

The 6-foot-6 Cameroonian is the runaway leader for the highest individual award in the collegiate league after tallying 96.58 statistical points at the end of the elimination round, statistics from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) showed.

Statistical points are computed based on points scored, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

Despite missing the Green Archers' first two games due to an international stint in the 2017 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Afrobasket tournament, the 22-year-old Mbala still averaged 26.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks for La Salle in the 14-game preliminary stage.

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena came in at second place with 66.5 points.

Rounding up the top five of the MVP race are National University's J-jay Alejandro with 63.86 points, University of the East's Alvin Pasaol with 63.43, and Adamson University's Papi Sarr 63.15.

 

Mbala and the Green Archers prevented their archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles from an elimination round sweep which paved the way for a Final Four set up.

READ: La Salle puts blemish to Ateneo's erstwhile perfect record

The second seed La Salle will face a tough Adamson Soaring Falcons side on November 18, while the Blue Eagles collide with the dangerous Far Eastern University Tamaraws on November 19.

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Both matches will take place at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with Ateneo and DLSU each armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

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