Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena gestures after scoring the final shot against UST. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Ateneo de Manila University star guard Kiefer Ravena is the Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament after topping the statistical points (SPs) race at the end of the double elimination rounds.
In the final list of UAAP statistics courtesy of Smart Bro, Ravena averaged a league-leading 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game to lead Ateneo to an 11-3 record and the top seed at the end of the eliminations.
He was the runaway leader in terms of statistical points, finishing with 77.64 SPs after 14 games.
De La Salle University's Jeron Teng was a far second in the MVP race with 68.21 SPs. Last season's Finals MVP averaged 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in leading the defending champions to a 10-4 record and a berth in the Final Four.
Versatile Far Eastern University (FEU) forward Mac Belo was third in the SPs list with 61.29, followed by Ateneo forward Chris Newsome with 60.64 SPs.
Veteran University of Santo Tomas (UST) center Karim Abdul rounded out the top five with a total of 57.62 SPs.
The rest of the top 10 are as follows: National University's (NU) Alfred Aroga (53.86 SPs); FEU's Mike Tolomia (53.79 SPs); NU's Troy Rosario (52.79 SPs); La Salle's Jason Perkins (52. 29 SPs); and Adamson's Don Trollano (50.69 SPs).
Meanwhile, the Rookie of the Year award will go to Ateneo's Arvin Tolentino, who led all freshmen players with 40.21 SPs after averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
NU's Afril Bernardino is the MVP of the women's tournament after finishing the elimination round with 69.57 SPs and leading the Lady Bulldogs to an undefeated season.
Ateneo's Danica Jose (66.86 SPs) came in second place, followed by UST's Lore Rivera (63.36 SPs). NU's Shelley Gupilan (56.93 SPs) and NU's Gemma Miranda (56.57 SPs) round out the top five in the women's division.
Statistical points are the lone basis for determining the winners of the UAAP's individual awards. It is computed by adding the total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks of each player and subtracting total turnovers and penalty points. A 15-point bonus for every game won is added, and the total is divided over games played.
A player is deducted five points for every technical foul and unsportsmanlike foul, and 10 points if he is ejected from a game.
According to UAAP statistician Pong Ducanes, Ravena's 77.64 SPs is the highest recorded in the league since the UAAP adopted the formula.
'It doesn't end here'
Ravena, meanwhile, took to his Facebook account to thank several people -- from his family to his fans.
Here is his complete note:
"First i would like to thank the Lord for giving me this award. For all the blessings He has given for me and my team this year. Thank you Mozzy Ravena and Raven Man Dani Ravena Thirdy Ravena and Mika for always being there to support me in the games. To my teammates, Thank you, award niyo din to. kung hindi dahil sa inyo never ko makukuha to. yung confidence, yung trust na binibigay niyo sakin ibang klase. Sa coaches ko, for always being my critics for me to improve. Sa management, MVP, tita Debbie Tan Boss Q, for giving us the best training possible for us to prepare well for the season. Sa lahat ng Alumni, the whole Ateneo community, we vowed to get back into the title chase after last year and we couldn't have done it without you guys.
"Father Nemy, Father Jett and all the jesuits priests who called all the saints and angels for us, thank you for being our spiritual barrier this season.
"Coach Jamike, thank you para sayo din tong award na to. isa ka sa mga taong hindi umalis sa side ka kahit anong nangyari o mangyayari.
"Sa mga fans ko, Kieferrifics at Kiefpeeps na ngayon nadagdagan ng Miefer, maraming maraming salamat sa pagsuporta sa akin. Kayo yung dahilan kung bakit kahit pagod na pagod na kami, kinakaya namin para sa inyo.
"Tito Boy Abunda, Tita Nini and Ate Grets Borja, Thank you for everything, alam niyo yan.
"Sansan Mallillin Borja mam, thank you, isang malaking thank you. Ngayon gets ko na kung bakit niyo ako palagi pinagsasabihin. hehehe.
"sa press at media na lagi akong sinusulat or twinetweet, maraming salamat sa pagtitiwala at sana hindi kayo magsawa sa akin.
"PS. It doesn't end here."