KIEFER Ravena remained on track for a second straight UAAP Most Valuable Player award as he leads the race for the league’s top individual plum halfway into Season 78 of the men’s basketball tournament.
The Ateneo star finished the first round on top with a total of 70.8571 statistical points (SPs) despite the Blue Eagles’ losing their last two outings against league leader University of Santo Tomas and rival De La Salle in which Ravena struggled with his shooting.
Last year’s MVP winner holds a slim lead over second running Kevin Ferrer of UST, who tallied 68.2857.
Statistical points, through a tabulation made by the league’s official statistical provider Imperium Technology and Smart Bro, is the lone basis to determine the MVP winner.
Behind Ferrer is UST teammate Ed Daquioag, whose 34-point explosion in the Tigers’ win over University of the East Warriors on Wednesday, helped him close the gap with 65 SPs total for third place.
Also making a case for the MVP plum is Alfred Aroga of National University who is currently at fourth place with 61.1429 SPs, followed by Jeron Teng of De La Salle at fifth with 60.1429 SPs.
The Far Eastern University pair of Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia currently occupies the sixth and seventh spots, with 57.8571 with 55.8571 SPs, respectively.
Completing the Top 10 are Karim Abdul of UST at no. 8 with 53 SPs, Raymar Jose of FEU at ninth with 52 SPs, and UE’s Bon Batiller, who is the only rookie to make it at 10th with 51.4286 SPs.