TERRENCE Romeo has officially made it to the top of the list in the race for the Most Valuable Player award at the end of the first round.
The Far Eastern University star led all UAAP players by accumulating 79 statistical points (SPs) behind his league-leading 22.6 points per game average, according to the official computation by league statistics provider Imperium Technology and Smart Bro.
Reigning two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks is second as the National University cager tallied 76.1429 SPs after seven games.
University of the East center Charles Mammie is in third with 74.8333 although he is already disqualified from the MVP after incurring a one-game suspension in the first round.
Parks’ teammate Emmanuel Mbe ranked fourth with 67.2857 SPs while University of the East's Roi Sumang is in fifth with 66.1429 SPs.
Statistics alone will be the basis for the MVP plum with points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks added up with turnovers, unsportsmanlike fouls, and team victories also taken into consideration.
Romeo’s performance is one of the reasons why the Tamaraws are still undefeated this season as they completed a seven-game sweep of the first round on Sunday with a 74-71 victory over Adamson.
In that game, Romeo registered a season-high 26 points, including FEU’s final eight points to grab the win.
So far, Romeo has scored at least 19 points each game in this year’s campaign as he continues to embrace the team concept espoused by first-year head coach Nash Racela.
The fourth-year guard is also averaging 4.1 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals.