Montalbo, Potts to be honored with Pivotal Player awards; Desiderio named 'Breakout Player' 
Paul Desiderio will be honored with the Pivotal Player award while UP teammate Jett Manuel will be one of the Super Senior awardees during the Collegiate Basketball Awards on January 26. Freddie Dionisio

LA Salle’s Kib Montalbo and San Beda’s Davon Potts head the list of players to be cited for impressive performances during the past UAAP and NCAA seasons in the Collegiate Basketball Awards set on January 26 at the Montgomery Place Social Hall in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City. 

Montalbo and Potts are set to receive the Pivotal Player awards in the event backed by Smart, Accel, Mighty Sports, MJM Productions and Chooks to Go for playing significant roles during the title run of their respective leagues. 

The defensive-minded Montalbo was instrumental in helping La Salle win the UAAP crown via sweep of archrival Ateneo in the finals while Potts was one of the key figures in San Beda’s NCAA title victory over Arellano. 

Also to be recognized are San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Ateneo’s Isaac Go with the Impact Player awards for emerging as two of the top players of the recent collegiate basketball season. 

Other awardees are University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio as the Chooks to Go Breakout Player, teammate Jett Manuel and Far Eastern University’s Raymar Jose as the Super Senior awardees and Adamson’s Papi Sarr as Mr. Efficiency.

Desiderio earned a UAAP Mythical Five selection after UP made a run at a first Final Four appearance since 1997 while Manuel and Jose impressed during their final season in the UAAP. 

Sarr, on the other hand, finished second in the UAAP MVP race behind his consistent play that gave Adamson its first Final Four appearance since 2011. 

Leading the list of awardees are Coach of the Year winners Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin and Mighty Sports Collegiate Mythical Five members Jeron Teng, Ben Mbala, Jio Jalalon, Allwell Oraeme and Javee Mocon. 
Also to be handed out by the group of scribes covering the collegiate beat is the Smart Player of the Year.


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