IN all likelihood, Allwell Oraeme will win the MVP title for NCAA Season 91.
“His numbers are out of this world,” said Josan Nimes of the Nigerian reinforcement, who grabbed 30 rebounds in a game twice this season.
The 19-year-old Oraeme averaged 16.33 points and 20.28 rebounds for the Cardinals in the elimination round before contributing 13 points and 28 rebounds for Mapua in its 93-75 win over Arellano in a playoff for a Final Four spot.
The victory put Mapua in the Final Four while making Oraeme top candidate for the MVP plum since stats are the only basis for the award and only players who make it to the semifinals can win the coveted individual award.
Mapua won eight of its nine second round games to gain a chance at a postseason berth.
Oraeme said he is not thinking about an individual award even as “M-V-P” chants rang out from the Mapua section of the arena.
“I’m just happy that it’s a dream come true,” said the player from Lagos, Nigeria.
As for dominating the boards, Oraeme said: “I just love getting rebounds.”
Nimes, in his final year, is considered the Cardinals’ leader but he acknowledged the Nigerian import as the reason Mapua is in the Final Four.
“We won’t be in this situation without him. He should be the MVP, hands down. I’m lucky enough to play beside him. He takes the pressure off us. I’m just very thankful that he is on my team,” Nimes said.
The incoming Rain or Shine cager likes the energy Oraeme is giving to the team.
“He barely rests during games. He plays 40 minutes per game and he doesn’t complain. If I play that long, I’ll cramp already,” said Nimes.