Kevin Quiambao, a stellar performer for the La Salle Green Archers, has clinched the Most Valuable Player (MVP) title for the UAAP Season 86 men's basketball tournament. His achievement is a testament to his exceptional contribution to his team throughout the season, leading with unparalleled stats during the elimination round. This announcement has been widely shared on social media along with an official photograph from the UAAP, celebrating Quiambao's accomplishment.
A Journey to Becoming the MVP
Quiambao's journey to the MVP title has been nothing short of remarkable. His determined efforts significantly contributed to the Green Archers' return to the finals after a six-year absence. Notably, Quiambao's triumph sets him to become the league's first local MVP since 2015, a title last held by former Blue Eagles player, Kiefer Ravena.
The sophomore forward, known for his physical transformation that exemplifies an alpha male aura, finished the elimination round with a rare feat of two triple-doubles in a single season. He outperformed reigning MVP Malick Diouf, with only four non-double-double games.
Unveiling the New Finals Matchup
As the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball championship series sets to tip-off, a new finals matchup unfolds. The UP Fighting Maroons and the La Salle Green Archers are ready to clash for the first time in a best-of-three title duel on Wednesday, November 29, at the Mall of Asia Arena. Quiambao, with his impressive record of two triple doubles this season, leads the competition with an average of 16.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.9 steals.
Recognition and Praise from La Salle's Fraternity
Quiambao's superior gameplay has earned him extensive praise from the La Salle fraternity. Former players and coach Aldin Ayo have expressed their admiration for Quiambao's performance. Renren Ritualo, a pivotal member of La Salle’s “four-peat” team from 1998 to 2001, believes Quiambao's two triple-doubles in the season already set him apart from the rest of the league.