BARRING any phenomenal statistical explosion from other players in the final few games of the season, Far Eastern University's flamboyant star Terrence Romeo will capture his first-ever Most Valuable Player award in Season 76 of the UAAP basketball tournament.
Based on an unofficial computation done by Spin.ph, Romeo clinched the honor via slim margin over National University star and two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks after a big all-around game in the Tamaraws' final game of the eliminations against University of the Philippines on Wednesday.
UAAP officials won't confirm or deny Romeo’s victory since the elimination round is still ongoing. They will hand out the award during the playoffs.
Once it becomes official, the award will cement Romeo's status as a top star as he becomes the latest FEU Tamaraw to win the league's highest individual honor, following in the footsteps of teammate RR Garcia (2010) and Arwind Santos (2004, 2005).
Romeo on Wednesday scored a personal season-high of 33 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the Tamaraws’ 87-69 victory over UP just four days after scoring 32 in another win over Adamson, enough to dislodge Parks from the top spot.
Based on the unofficial computation, Romeo amassed 75.286 statistical points to leapfrog Parks, who finished with 73.857 SPs after tallying 24 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals in NU’s final game of the elims - a 70-65 victory over defending champion Ateneo.
Statistics is the lone basis for individual awards.
Romeo, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2010 and a place in the Mythical Five last season, also did not incur a ban during the season to disqualify him from the MVP derby.
Both the Tamaraws and the Bulldogs are assured of places in the Final Four.