Mapua's Jasper Salenga emerges MVP race leader even as LSGH's Ricci Rivero tops stats sheets in NCAA juniors

RICCI Rivero of La Salle Greenhills wound up on top of the stats sheets but Mapua’s Jasper Salenga has the inside track in the race to the MVP title in the NCAA juniors basketball competition.

Salenga has the best chance of winning the top individual title at second place in the MVP race with 460 statistical points or 51.1 player all-around value, followed by teammate Swerwin Concepcion with 427 SPs (47.4 PAV).

Rivero logged the highest numbers with 464 SPs and a 58.0 PAV after the first round of eliminations round, according to NCAA statistics provider One World Connections.

However, Rivero, brother of the DLSU Archers’ Prince Rivero, is disqualified from winning the MVP plum this season after being ejected in a July 3 game that the Greenies won over Perpetual Help.

[See Ricci Rivero scores 22 before getting ejected in CSB-LSGH win over Perpetual]

Players ejected from a game are disqualified from winning any individual award.

Statistics are the basis for determining the MVP award although his team should reach the Final Four to be able to win an individual plum.

Carlo Abadeza of Arellano is fourth at 420 SPs (46.6 PAV), followed by Chester Jungco of Lyceum 416 SPs (46.2 PAV), Guilmer de la Torre of Arellano (413 SPs, 45.8 PAV), John Umali of Perpetual Help (411 SPs, 45.6 PAV), Samuel Abu Hijle of San Beda (409 SPs, 45.4 PAV), Mark Castillo of Emilio Aguinaldo College (359 SPs, 44.8 PAV) and Michael Enriquez of Mapua (392 SPs, 43.5 PAV).

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