Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal
September 19, 2013
Terrence MVP Romeo
I have been in isolation for several days now, away from my loving, pregnant wife. As I’m trying to recover from this sickness, I’ve tried and failed to come up with great blog ideas no thanks to general malaise, or the feeling of just being plainly out of sorts, that prevents me from coming up with one. Until a friend of mine, handsome statistics guy Pong Docanes from the UAAP, e-mailed me the statistical summary a few hours ago. And here we are with a story to write about.
Pong, who happens to be the lifetime commissioner of the UAAP Friendship Basketball Games, a side tournament to the ongoing UAAP Season 76 cage wars, practically gave away who the MVP of this season will be. And its no other than Far Eastern U’s dynamic guard in Terrence Romeo.
Thanks to a strong start, Romeo will become the seventh Tamaraw to ever win the highest individual plum in recent memory next to teammate RR Garcia in 2010, Arwind Santos in 2004 and 2005, Johnny Abarrientos in 1991, Glen Capacio in 1983, Anthony Williams in 1981 and Joselino Roa in 1961. Romeo averaged a league-high 22.21 points, 6.29 rebounds, 3.93 assists and another league best 1.57 steals a game.
Romeo also prevented National U’s Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. from becoming the first three-time winner of the MVP plum. Parks, who won the award the last two seasons, wound up only third in the race behind Romeo and University of the East’s Sierria Leone national Charles Mammie. Parks would have made a historic third straight MVP trophy if he hadn’t started slow. Imagine if he does scored more points, grabbed more rebounds, passed more and played defense even tougher, he would have handily beaten Romeo. Anyway, Parks normed 18.29 points, 8.43 boards, 3.79 assists, 1.07 steals and the same number of blocks, which put him in the First Mythical Team to the least.
Romeo also had some luck in winning the MVP as Charles Mammie would have won it if not for the suspensions he received this season. A suspension, just one, automatically eliminates a player from contending in any individual award including the MVP. The 6-7 Mammie has 75 statistical points, just a shade behind Romeo’s 75.2857. Deductions have been made so imagine the overall points of Mammie if his “misdemeanors” didn’t happen. So Romeo should also thank the UAAP commissioner for a great job manning the league CCTV camera. For all intents and purposes, Mammie’s averages are 15.08 points and an astonishing 19 rebounds.
University of Santo Tomas’ Karim Abdul is the other real legitimate threat to Romeo’s MVP award as he finished four with 70.9286 statistical points with norms of 16.36 points, 12.14 rebounds and two blocks a game. Rounding up the list were University of the East’s Roi Sumang, NU’s Emmanuel Mbe, La Salle’s Jason Perkins and Jeron Teng, Ateneo’s Christopher Newsome and another La Salle bet Almond Vosotros. Surprsingly, there was no Kiefer Ravena on the list since the phenom have struggled with foot injuries the first half of the season. Maybe next year for Kiefer.
Sportsmaryosep’s prognosis: Admit it, no one saw this coming, Terrence Romeo emerging as MVP. But here he is, Romeo defying expectations by making people eat their words, including ours. It’s a good thing too he didn’t listen to former Ateneo standout Nico Salva to pass the ball. Otherwise he wouldn’t score 22 points a game and become what he is right now. What is separating Romeo from Salva though is the winning. Salva has won five championships in college alone and two Finals MVP. Now time to win one Terrence.
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