La Salle's Ben Mbala is joining the two-time MVP club after topping the race for the premier individual award of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament.
And even the near ideal elimination round campaign of Ateneo de Manila could help Thirdy Ravena in giving the Cameroonian a serious challenge for the award.
Despite missing their first two matches, the 6-foot-7 Mbala still amassed a total of 96.58 statistical points built around a league-leading 26.0 points on top of 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists and as many steals, standing tall on the Green Archers' title-retention bid.
Mbala's season-long brilliance was in full display last Sunday, when he led the Archers to a 79-76 win over the Ateneo Blue Eagles with 28 markers laced with 19 rebounds - the second highest this year - plus six steals and six blocks, both matching the season-best marks.
La Salle staged a killer 10-0 finishing kick, with Mbala delivering the exclamation point - a game-saving defensive stop on Ateneo's Isaac Go with 10 seconds left to play.
Ravena finished a far second with 66.50 followed by National University's (NU) Jayjay Alejandro (63.86), Alvin Pasaol (63.43) of University of the East, Adamson center Papi Sarr (63.15), NU's Issa Gaye (57.57), University of Santo Tomas' Steve Akomo (56.77), Green Archer Ricci Rivero (56.28), University of the Philippines' Paul Desiderio (54.50) and Chibueze Ikeh (49.36) of Ateneo.
The Final Four, meanwhile, unfurls on Saturday with No. 2 De La Salle taking on No. 3 Adamson University on Saturday, and No.1 seed Ateneo facing No. 4 Far Eastern University on Sunday.
This will be Ravena's second straight Mythical Five selection while Alejando, Pasaol and Rivero are first-time members.
He joined Jun Limpot (1989, 1990, 1992), Mark Telan (1996 and 1997), Don Allado (1998 and 1999) in the elite group of Green Archers who won back-to-back MVP plums in the UAAP.