THE MVP race for NCAA Season 93 just lost its frontrunner as Prince Eze’s University of Perpetual Help team has bowed out from playoff contention.
With the Altas eliminated from the Final Four race, runaway statistical leader Prince Eze became ineligible from winning the league’s top individual plum as NCAA rules dictate that the winner of the MVP should come from teams who made the semifinals.
The highest award Eze can now get is an inclusion in the Mythical Team despite posting averages of 17.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, both league bests, to go with 15.5 points, good for fifth among Season 93’s top scorers.
The Season 93 MVP race is now reduced to a close battle among four players. Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez of the unbeaten Lyceum have become strong candidates to take over Eze, considering they were running second and third, respectively, in the race after the first round.
Nzeusseu is currently averaging 10.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks despite playing limited minutes. But Perez is having a stronger showing in the second round, padding his averages to 18.6 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
JV Mocon and Rey Nambatac, from rival schools San Beda and Letran, respectively, are also in the MVP debate and could build their case with a strong finish to the season.
Mocon has been a stable double-double guy for the Red Lions, putting up averages of 12.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in leading San Beda’s 13-game win run.
Among the four, Nambatac will have the most to play for with the Knights’ Final Four hopes still hanging in the balance. Still the graduating Letran guard is putting up MVP-worthy numbers with 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 dimes a ball game.
This close race is an interesting sub-story to the league that’s slowly reaching its climax with still five teams fighting for two spots in the Final Four.
For the curious, the last time a non-semifinalist won the NCAA MVP award was back in Season 80 in 2005 when Jay Sagad of College of St. Benilde took the plum.