De La Salle University forward Kevin Quiambao leads the rest of the field in the race for the highest individual award after the first round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 86 men’s basketball tournament.
The 6-foot-4 Green Archer collected a total of 84.714 statistical points in seven games of action including four starts, about six SPs clear of closest pursuer reigning Most Valuable Player Malick Diouf of University of the Philippines.
Quiambao, last year’s Rookie of the Year, averaged 16.86 points, 9.57 rebounds, 5.14 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.86 blocks per outing as he helped La Salle finish the first round at No. 4 spot with a 4-3 win-loss record tied with defending champion Ateneo de Manila University.
Diouf, on the other hand, got 78.143 SPs. The Fighting Maroon’s foreign student-athlete normed 13.86 points per game, topped the rebounding department with 14.71 boards per outing and averaged 1.71 blocks.
Another La Salle player landed in No. 3 spot with guard Evan Nelle putting up 74.167 SPs despite missing one game to rest a quad contusion injury.
University of the East’s Rey Remogat sits at fourth spot with 73.714 SPs followed by LJ Gonzales of Far Eastern University (66.429 SPs), guard Kean Baclaan of National University (64.571 SPs), Ateneo forward Kai Ballungay (64.286 SPs) and University of Santo Tomas
go-to guy Nic Cabanero (63.857 SPs), who is the scoring leader with 20.57 points per outing.
At No. 9 is University of the East rookie Precious Momowei (62.143 SPS) while UP’s JD Cagulangan rounded up the Top 10 with 60.429 SPs.
Aside from Momowei, other freshmen who made their mark in the first salvo of collegiate basketball wars are Blue Eagles center Joseph Obasa (59.143 SPs), Francis Lopez of the Fighting Maroons (58.571 SPs) and Ateneo’s Mason Amos (41.571 SPs).