Two weeks ago it was Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of the NU Bulldogs was on top of the 2011 FilOil Flying V Pre-season MVP race but now, the Beast of San Sebastian, Calvin Abueva is now leading the MVP race. With the help of Abueva, the San Sebastian Stags is sharing the top spot in the 2011 FilOil team standings with Ateneo in group A. Both teams have 5 wins and 1 loss. To prove the importance of Abueva for San Sebastian let's look at his stats. Abueva is currently averaging 20 points and 13.33 rebounds per game. He's a double-double player. That's why he's known as the Beast Of Baste.
Placing second in the MVP race is Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of NU. He is averaging 20.85 points per game and 7.29 rebounds per game. He has less rebounds than Abueva. He needs to grab more rebounds for him to regain the number one spot. Also, his team is currently struggling. They recently lost to De La Salle and they are going down in the team standings with 4 wins and 3 losses. I just hope that everything will fall into its proper place for NU. I just wanna say goodluck to Bobby Parks Jr.. I still look up to this player because his father is my idol when I was still young and I hope Bobby Jr. can surpass his father because if he makes it big in the world of basketball, Philippines will be synonymous with his name.
Placing third in the race is Pippo Noundou of the FEU Tamaraws. His team is still unbeaten with 7 wins and 0 losses. He is a big factor for FEU. He is averaging a solid 11.29 points per game and 9.43 rebounds per game. Considering that his team has a lot of scorers with the likes of Terence Romeo and RR Garcia, this guy, Noundou still have big numbers. He really knows how to score when his team needs it the most. For him, it's not about how much you score, it's about when you score that counts.
Placing fourth on the race is another San Sebastian Stag, Ronald Pascual. This guy is the highlight reel of his team. While wearing his Adidas Adipure blue colorway, he is averaging 16.67 points and 7.33 rebounds per game. He usually gets his points through pull up jumpers and strong drives to the hoop. You can see this guy in the top plays. If he's not dunking, he's hanging in the air like Mike.
And finally, rounding off the top 5 players of the 2011 FilOil, we have Ian Sangalang. He's known as the prodigy of Kobe Bryant when Kobe was still in the Philippines. He personally chose this guy to be in his camp. He's a lefty but he is effective in the paint for San Sebastian. He can score in bunches using his 6'7 height. He is currently averaging 16.17 points and 9.67 rebounds per game.
As you can see, last week we had 3 players from the UAAP that's in the Top 5 of the MVP race. Now we have 3 players from the NCAA and they are all from San Sebastian. Wow! Looks like they are looking to get back at the NCAA teams who beat them last season. This is getting more interesting. Hopefully we can chronicle their journey back to the NCAA highlands.