San Beda Wins Most Numbers of NCAA Citations;Sports

MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – San Beda snared most of the

individualawards as American behemoth Sudan Daniel and high school

phenom Baser Amer emerged as the Most Valuable Players of their

respective divisions on Wednesday in the 86th

NCAA

basketball tournament at the Big

Dome.The 6-7 Daniel led the league in shot blocks with an average

of 4.4 and was second in rebounds with 11.4 while averaging 10.9

points agame but got most of his score on won-game points after the

Lions swept the double-round elimination in 16 games to barge

straight into the finals.Amer, a Zamboanga native playing his last

season, for his part, dominated the assists department with a norm

of 11.7 an outing, eighth in scoring with 15.6 points, eight in

rebounds with 8.3 boardsincluding a league best 6.8 on the

defensive end third in steals with 2.4 to snare the juniors’ MVP

crown.Amer and other recipients in the juniors’ division received

their trophies in simple rites Wednesdayawarded by members of the

Policy Board headed by Fr. Anthony Morillo, OAR, and the Management

Committee chaired by Frank Gusi, also of San Sebastian.The seniors’

awardees will receive their awards before Game Two Friday.Overall,

Daniel amassed 56.8 MVP points, edging closestpursuer San

Sebastian’s Calvin Abueva, who led the race all throughout but

wavered in the end as he finished with 54.6 MVP points and wound up

in the Mythical First Team.There, Daniel and Abueva were joinedby

pro-bound Borgie Hermida and Garvo Lanete of San Beda and Adrian

Celada of Arellano U after garnering 45.1, 38.8 and 38.4 points,

respectively.Amer took the top plum in the high school section

after amassing 62.3 points, edging San Sebastian’s Gino Jumao-as,

23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 shot

blocks, with 61.5.Jumao-as though consoled himself with a spot in

the elite First Team where he is accompanied by Amer, RP Youth

standout Joshua Alolino of Perpetual Help (56.5), Cris dela Paz of

Jose Rizal (47.1) and Rey Nambatac of Letran (44.8).Daniel thus

joined Nigerian Sam Ekwe, who won it twice in 2006 and 2008 during

the team the Lions’ posted a three-peat, as among the list of San

Beda players named in the elite MVP group.Amer likewise became the

first high school MVP from the Benedictine school since Jay-R

Taganas and Ogie Menor won the awards in 2004 and 2005.In other

individual awards, St.

Benilde’s Carlo Lastimosa won the Rookie of the Year plum, Jose

Rizal’s Joe Etame as Most Improved Player with Daniel emerging the

Most Defensive Player.Nambatac was adjudged the Rookie of the Year

in the high school section while EmilioAguinaldo’s Vincent Menguito

and Perpetual Help’s Flash Sadiwa were named Most Defensive Player

and Most Improved Player, respectively.