UAAP: UST's Chabi Yo holds slight edge over Ateneo's Kouame in MVP race

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 30) — Soulemane Chabi Yo of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers emerged as frontrunner in the Most Valuable Player race after the first round in UAAP men's basketball.

The Growling Tigers center averaged 19.9 points and 15.3 rebounds to carry his team to third place with a 4-3 win-loss slate. He has a total of 82.71 statistical points.

Statistical points are computed based on points scored, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks multiplied by two minus total turnovers, penalty points plus bonus points over the number of games played.

Coming in at close second is Ateneo big man Angelo Koumae with 81.43 statistical points after tallying 14 points and 13.1 rebounds a game to power the Blue Eagles to a league-best record at 7-0.

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Reigning MVP Bright Akhuetie of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons is at third spot with 69 statistical points, while fellow UP player Kobe Paras followed at fourth with 65.2 statistical points.

Rounding up the top five is University of the East Red Warriors reinforcement Alex Diakhite with 64.83 statistical points.

Second round action resumes on October 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.