Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Terrence Romeo (FEU) vs Ray Parks (NU) for UAAP MVP award
Star guard Terrence Romeo of Far Eastern University leads the race for Most Valuable Player award after the first round of UAAP Season 76.
Romeo, who led the Tamaraws to a sweep of the first round, registered 79 statistical points (SPs) after averaging a league-leading 22.6 points along with 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Reigning two-time MVP Ray Parks came second in the tally after collecting 76.14 SPs. He averaged 18.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists for National University, which has a 4-3 win-loss card for a three-way tie in second place.
University of the East center Charles Mammie, who leads the league in rebounding with 17.8 a game, is at third with 74.83 SPs, while NU big man Emmanuel Mbe sits at fourth with 67.28 SPs.
Completing the top ten players in contention for the MVP award are University of the East’s Roi Sumang (66.14 SPs), UST’s Karim Abdul (62.71 SPs), FEU’s RR Garcia (58.86 SPs), Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe (56.57 SPs); Adamson’s Jericho Cruz (56.00 SPs) and La Salle’s Jeron Teng (55.71 SPs).
NU's RAY PARKS not worried about MVP race
“Di po ako worried diyan,” Parks said minutes after he led the Bulldogs to a 63-56 victory against La Salle last Sunday. “Really, all I want is the championship.”
“As you can see, I’m not really worried about trying to put up any buckets, I’m just trying to run the team right now,” he explained.
“I know, in the long run, if I can make my teammates better, hey, that’s what being a leader is all about. If you’re playing with guys that are already great and you can lead the team to the next level, that’s what you need.”
To Romeo and the other players who are in the MVP race, Parks just said, “Good luck to him. To everybody that’s in it, God bless you.”
“Really, I’m just trying to get a win,” he added.
The Bulldogs finished the first round with a 4-3 record and are currently in third place in the league standings.