3 battle for MVP award

Posted on Oct 10 2019


Saipan Vegas’ Coby Santos, right, pulls up for a one-hander in front of AK Toyota’s Jeff Borja during their game in the 2019 Atkins Kroll Marianas International Basketball League at the Marianas High School Gymnasium. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Three players are in a close battle for the regular season MVP award halfway through the 2019 Atkins Kroll Marianas International Basketball League.

Mystique BBQ’s Jetzen Jandoc leads the statistical points in the 10-team league with his 38.4 SP and breathing down his neck are The Game’s Mak Mintac and Saipan Vegas’ Coby Santos, who have similar 37.8 SP. The statistical points (combined points, rebounds, assists and steals) are part of the league’s selection criteria for the regular season MVP. The record of the players’ respective teams, coaches votes, and Player of The Game awards will also be considered in picking the top player in the league after the elimination round.

In four games, Jandoc has scored 84 points and posted 15 assists, 13 steals, and 40 rebounds. Santos, on the other hand, has reached past the century mark in points, collecting 107 in five games, and registered 25 assists, 23 steals, and 31 rebounds. Mintac played in five matches, two and leads the league in points with his 135. The Game forward also has logged 17 steals, 24 rebounds, and seven assists.

Meanwhile, joining Jandoc, Mintac, and Santos in the Top 5 in the statistical points leaderboard are the latter’s teammate Douglas Schmidt and Caravan’s Josh Andrew. Schmidt, after six games, recorded 34 SP, as he accumulated 71 points, 42 assists, 45 rebounds, and 43 steals. Andrew also saw action in six games for Caravan’s and collected 86 points, 12 assists, 64 rebounds, and 21 steals.

Rounding out the Top 10 of the SP leaders are The Game’s Jun Fidelino (33.1 SP); Bridge Capital, LLC’s Matt Duenas (30.2), Caravan’s Alex Standish (29.8), IT&E’s Jaymark De Gyzman (29.4), and MS Villagomez’s Matt Richardson (29.3).

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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