RAYMOND Almazan stood out not only with his height, but ultimately with his solid, consistent play in the first half of the men’s basketball tournament of NCAA Season 89.
The statistical points (SPs) leaders were released on Saturday, with the 6-foot-7 Letran Knights star slotman emerging above the rest of the field, as expected, with 58.11 SPs at the end of the first round of competition.
Almazan was more than seven points ahead of his closest pursuer, University of Perpetual Help’s versatile Nigerian forward Nicholas Omorogbe, who registered 50.56 points, followed by teammate and silent assassin Harold Arboleda, who had 50.33 points.
San Beda’s Nigerian big man Ola Adeogun came in fourth with 44.67 points, while another foreigner, Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Cedric Happi, completed the Top Five with 44.56 points.
Rookie Juneric Baloria was the third Altas in the Top 10 as he compiled 43.33 points, good for sixth place.
San Beda also had three players in the Top 10 with Art dela Cruz (42.44) and Baser Amer (41.89), coming in at seventh and ninth place, respectively.
Mark Cruz (42) was in eighth spot, while teammate Kevin Racal (41.56) rounded out the Top 10.
The MVP race is based solely on statistics.