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AnthonyServinio
09-19-2006, 12:38 AM
* * *HERE is a listing of all the 82nd NCAA awardees given out last September 18 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City:

SENIORS DIVISION

Most Valuable Player -- Samuel Ekwe (San Beda)

Mythical Five
Center -- Samuel Ekwe (San Beda)
Forward -- Gabriel Espinas (Philippine Christian)
Forward -- Floyd Dedicatoria (Jose Rizal)
Guard -- Jayson Castro (Philippine Christian)
Guard -- Khiel Misa (Perpetual Help)

Defensive Player of the Year -- Samuel Ekwe (San Beda)

Most Improved Player -- Boyet Bautista (Letran)

Rookie of the Year -- Samuel Ekwe (San Beda)

JUNIORS DIVISION

Most Valuable Player -- Elvin Jake Pascual (PCU-Union)

Mythical Five
Center -- Elvin Jake Pascual (PCU-Union)
Forward -- Julius Wong (Letran)
Forward -- Ryan Buenafe (San Sebastian)
Guard -- Raycon Kabigting (Jose Rizal)
Guard -- Dan Carlo Lituania (Jose Rizal)

Defensive Player of the Year -- Elvin Jake Pascual (PCU-Union)

Most Improved Player -- Michael Dizon (Perpetual Help)

Rookie of the Year -- Elvin Jake Pascual (PCU-Union)


Congratulations to all the winners for a good season!

gameface_one
09-19-2006, 07:47 AM
San Beda’s gentle giant named 2nd rookie MVP

The Philippine Star 09/19/2006

San Beda’s Samuel Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 behemoth from Nigeria who made an impact on the collegiate wars the entire season, became the second player in the NCAA to win the Most Valuable Players award on his rookie year.

Ekwe, 22, amassed a total of 38.9 player’s overall value (POV) points after averaging a league best 13.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks and 8.5 points in the 14-game elimination round to cop both trophies.

Ekwe also headed the Mythical Team together with Jose Rizal’s Floyd Dedicatoria (34.6), Philippine Christian U’s Gabby Espinas (33.5) and Jason Castro (30.1) and Perpetual Help’s Khiel Misa (28.7).

Ekwe, who is planning to go to San Beda’s Bukidnon seminary after his studies, was also the year’s top defensive player.

He duplicated the feat achieved by the pro-bound Espinas, who accomplished it two years ago when the Dolphins reigned supreme in the country’s oldest collegiate basketball league.

Ekwe also owned the league’s season best in rebounds and blocks.

He plucked 23 boards in a win over San Sebastian last July 12 and blocked 11 shots in another victory over Jose Rizal last July 31.

Letran’s Boyet Bautista won the Most Improved Player plum.

Another rookie MVP emerged from the juniors division in Elvin Pascual of PCU, who also led the elite first squad.

Michael Dizon of Perpetual Help was the most improved player in high school. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
09-19-2006, 07:59 AM
Ekwe proves a Tower of Power



Inquirer
Last updated 02:23am (Mla time) 09/19/2006

Published on page A23 of the September 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAMUEL EKWE, the Nigerian do-it-all reinforcement of San Beda College, was fittingly rewarded with three of four individual awards, including the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year plums of the 2006 season of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday.

The 22-year-old marketing student from Lagos was also honored as top defensive player and headed the Mythical Five that also included Jose Rizal University’s Floyd Dedicatoria, Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro of Philippine Christian University and Khiel Misa of the University of Perpetual Help.

“This is all God’s will,” said the lean, muscular 6-foot-8 Ekwe, who wants to become a priest, during the annual awards rites at the Araneta Coliseum.

The former football player who took up basketball only two years ago swore he didn’t expect to win the prestigious awards and that he only did what he was tasked to do: work hard inside the lane and help the Red Lions win games.

Ekwe, an intimidating presence inside the shaded area, dominated both boards and led in shot blocks to finish with a league-best 38.9 Player’s All-Around Value.

He clinched the defensive player award with better averages in rebounds of (13.8), blocks (2.8) and steals (.9). He posted season-highs of 23 rebounds and 11 blocks in two different games in the second round.

Ekwe actually won the same set of awards swept by the pro-bound Espinas in 2004.

Boyet Bautista, chief playmaker for the dethroned champion Letran College, snagged the Most Improved Player award after posting 27.2 PAV compared with 21.1 PAV last season. It was a nice send-off gift for the 5-foot-10 skipper who was picked by Purefoods during the recent rookie draft of the Philippine Basketball Association.

PCU’s Elvin Pascual matched Ekwe’s feat in the junior division. Joining him in the Mythical Five were San Sebastian College’s Ryan Buenafe, Jose Rizal University’s Raycon Kabigting and Carlo Lituania and Letran’s Julius Wong. Perpetual’s Michael Dizon snatched the MIP accolade. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
09-19-2006, 08:21 AM
San Beda’s Ekwe snares MVP and Rookie awards


By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
abs-cbnnews.com



Nigerian exchange student Sam Ekwe swept the National Collegiate Athletic Association Rookie and Most Valuable Player honors on Monday—then showed everybody afterwards the reason why.

Ekwe teamed up with John Escobal in a fiery second half to steer San Beda to an emphatic 71-57 win over Philippine Christian University in Game 1 of the NCAA men’s basketball title series at the packed Araneta Coliseum.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe scored five crucial points early in the third period to put the Red Lions on top, then Escobal capped a rare four-point play in the last five minutes en route to the big win the Red Lions from within a win in ending a long 28-year title drought.

"We were down in the first half and we made minor adjustments. I told them to focus in the match and that’s it. Sam Ekwe is amazing. He did what you will told him to do," San Beda coach Koy Banal said.

The Dolphins dominated the first two quarters on pro-bound Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro’s spirited play, but as soon as Ekwe and Escobal found their range the Red Lions turned the match into a lopsided affair the rest of the way.

San Beda, which won its last NCAA title in 1978, vowed to finish the series on Wednesday.

"We are one game ahead. I can’t promise you, but instead, I can only say we will do our best on Wednesday," Banal said.

Escobal finished with 19 points, 9 in the fourth quarter, while Aljamal made 14 and 12 for Ed Tecson. Ekwe scored 7 points on top of 14 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 steals.

Castro of PCU made 16 with Espinas and Garrido adding 14 and 10 points each, respectively.

In the juniors championship, defending champion San Sebastian Staglets leaned on Ryan Buenafe and Vergel Zulueta’s combined 11 points in the fourth period to post a 57-55 win and also took a 1-0 lead in the first game of the best-of-three series.

Ekwe became the second man in several decades to earn the rare MVP-Rookie double.

He garnered a total of 38.9 statistical points to follow the footsteps of PCU’s Gabby Espinas, who won the accolade in 2004.

"I’m very happy for me but the most important is for my team to win the championship," said Ekwe, a Nigerian exchange scholar, who is taking business management course.

Ekwe, who recorded a decade highest rebound in a single game with 23 and the highest 11 blocks in a single game, was also named the Defensive Player in the 82nd season.

Joining the 22-year-old Ekwe in the mythical five were Floyd Dedicatora of Jose Rizal University, Espinas and teammate Jason Castro of the PCU Dolphins and Khiel Misa of University of Perpetual Help.

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista of defending champion Letran gained the most improved player award.

First Game (jrs.)

SSC-R (57)–Buenafe 15, Zulueta 12, Del Rio 8, Bringas A. 8, Sikat 5, Nasayao 5, Bringas A. 4, Penaflor 0, Soledad 0

PCU (55)–Ancia 13, Pascual E. 13, Lansang 11, Guevarra 9, Navaja 5, Degamo 3, Importante 2, Ibrao 0, Faurillo 0, Delaven 0

QS: 11-22; 22-31; 38-44; 57-55

Second Game

SBC (71)–Escobal 19, Aljamal 14, Tecson 12, Angeles 10, Menor 7. Ekwe 7, Evangelista 2, Maggay 0, Tagans 0

PCU (57)–Castro 16, Espinas 14, Garrido 10, Blega 8, David 6, Amparado 3, Chien 0, Hermosa 0

QS: 20-17; 30-34; 50-39. 71-57.

Games Wednesday (Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m.–PCU vs San Sebastian (jrs.)

4 p.m.–PCU vs San Beda (srs.)

gameface_one
09-19-2006, 08:28 AM
Nigerian wins NCAA’s MVP, rookie honors
mb.com.ph





RECORDS CAN easily be broken – if one has the heart, courage and will to do it.


Samuel Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 exhange student from Nigeria, proved that yesterday as he won both the coveted Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards. He is also the first foreigner in the 82 years of the NCAA to win the awards.

Ekwe, 22, won both awards after tallying an all-around value of 38.9 points built around his sparkling defensive performance. He topped the rebounding department by grabbing an average of 13.8 caroms a game and also had a high 2.8 blocks per game.

In winning the highest individual award, Ekwe edged out Philippine Christian University’s Gabby Espinas who, two years ago, was the first player to win both the MVP plum and top rookie award.

Ekwe and Espinas were also named in the Mythical First Five along with Jose Rizal University’s Floyd Dedicatoria, PCU’s Jason Castro and Khiel Misa of University of Perpetual Help Dalta System.

"I thank the Lord and the San Beda community for giving me this opportunity to play," said Ekwe.

Ekwe highlighted his performance in the elims by grabbing 23 rebounds and 11 blocks – the most by any player in the league.

Letran’s Boyet Bautista claimed the Most Improved Player award .

Joining Ekwe and Espinas (33.5 points) in the elite cast are Jose Rizal U’s Floyd Dedicatoria (34.6 points), PCUs Jason Castro (30.1) and University of Perpetual Help’s Khiel Misa (28.7).

Elvin Pascual of the PCU Baby Dolphins, for his part, also grabbed the Rookie-MVP, Mythical Five seat and the Defensive Player titles in the juniors division. Ryan Buenafe (San Sebastian College), Raycon Kabigting (JRU), Julius Wong (Letran) and Carlo Lituania (JRU) got the Mythical Five awards.

—Kristel SATUMBAGA

AnthonyServinio
09-23-2006, 01:38 AM
SENIORS DIVISION

Most Valuable Player -- Yousif Aljamal (San Beda)

Best Coach -- Enrico Banal (San Beda)

JUNIORS DIVISION

Most Valuable Player -- Ryan Buenafe (San Sebastian)

Best Coach -- Raymond Valenzona (San Sebastian)


Congratulations to all the winners for a good championship series!