MANILA – Bryan Hilario was once the best player on the worst team in their league. Two years after transferring to the Philippine Merchant Marine School, his hard work and perseverance has made him the Most Valuable Player of the 26th National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA).
The versatile forward got the nod just before Game Two of the championship series against Centro Escolar University Wednesday at the Paco Arena wherein his Mariners are in a must-win situation after losing in Game One last Monday. Hilario compiled robust averages of 21.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 blocks playing with almost no relief most the time while providing a lot of intangibles on the floor.
Joining him in the Mythical Five were Tyron Chan and Rich Guinitaran of CEU, Norman Torreno of PATTS College of Aeronautics and Ryan Chu of Saint Francis of Assisi College. They received their trophies from NCRAA President Cesar Hagos, General Manager Manuel “Buddy” Encarnado and members of the NCRAA Board. Hilario will now join the distinguished list of league MVP’s that include the likes of PBA players Ranidel de Ocampo, Junel Mendiola and Jun Gabriel.
Regardless of the result of the series, PMMS improved from their Third Place finish a season ago. Of course, Hilario was a big part of the equation.