ARELLANO University guard Jiovanni Jalalon and Mapua’s big man Allwell Oraeme led in three major statistical departments as the two stars make a statement for the season MVP award in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament.
Jalalon, who powered the Chiefs to a school-best 14-4 record in the eliminations, led all comers in scoring with 21.9 points per game, besting Rey Nambatac of Letran, who wound up second with 20.9 points per contest, and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s Bright Akhuetie, who averaged 18.4 points per outing in third place.
The Cagayan de Oro native, who had three 30-plus point games this season, also ruled in assists with 7.4 per game.
Gunning for a back-to-back MVP trophy, Oraeme reigned in the rebounding department with 19.8 points as the Nigerian slotman carried the Cardinals to a second straight Final Four appearance with a 12-6 record.
Oraeme, who averaged a team-best 15.8 points per game, is second in blocks with 2.3 per game behind Hamadou Laminou’s 3.4 per outing, making him an instant favorite to win a second straight Defensive Player of the Year plum.
Rounding up the top five scorers are Emilio Aguinaldo College center Hamadou Laminou (17.1 points) and San Beda’s Davon Potts (16.6 points).
Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Mike Nzeusseau is the league’s second-best rebounder with 15.3 per game, followed by Laminou (12.3) and Akhuetie (12.3).