Ola Adeogun yet to get over NCAA snub: ‘I’m not even an All-Star. How can I be an MVP?’
Ola Adeogun comes up with MVP numbers anew for San Beda, but makes in clear he isn't pushing to win any individual award. Dante Peralta

OLA Adeogun showed on paper why he deserved to be an All-Star, ranking third in the MVP race behind Perpetual Help studs Earl Thompson and Harold Arboleda at the end of the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Then the Nigerian slotman, who was excluded, along with other top foreigners, from the All-Star lineup, showed it on the court on Monday when he led San Beda to a 74-69 win over Mapua at The Arena in San Juan.

But Adeogun stressed he is more focused on trying to lead the Lions to a fifth straight championship and eighth in the last nine years.

“Those individual trophies are not my goal. My goal is just to win championship,” he said after the game. “I don’t want to think about it.”

“I’m not even an All-Star. How can I be an MVP?” the 6-foot-8 cager was quick to add with a smile.

Adeogun was back in harness on Wednesday after being benched in the Lions’ last game — a 54-63 loss to Letran — for missing practice for three days.

And the 6-foot-8 behemoth flashed his same, dominant form, scattering 19 points, 10 boards, three assists, two blocks, and one steal.

“I just missed playing. I just wanted to play.”

Asked to explain his prolonged absence from practice that prompted the benching, Adeogun said he “went through some emotion breakdown, so I went away a while just to fix myself.”

“It was just some misunderstanding between me and the coaching staff,” he explained. “We were able to figure it out and we have to move on because we have a bigger goal ahead of us.”

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