SJ Belangel joins Ateneo teammate Kai Sotto in top three of NBTC 24

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 22, 2018 08:46 PM
Belangel joins Ateneo teammate Sotto in top three of NBTC 24
Two Ateneo players are now in the top three of the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24

Ateneo de Manila High School's towering teen Kai Sotto and La Salle Greenhills' court general Joel Cagulangan remained the top two high school players in the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24, but there was a lot of movement this week, including the rise of SJ Belangel.

The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition.

Belangel, the Blue Eaglets' graduating floor leader had a sensational week, helping steer his squad to an unblemished 10-0 record. With his exploits, he was the consensus third-ranked player of the week, leapfrogging NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua University.

Far Eastern University-Diliman do-it-all guard L-Jay Gonzales and Katipunan swingman Dave Ildefonso also moved up the ladder while University of Sto. Tomas ace CJ Cansino dropped to eighth after finishing fourth last week.

Besides movement at the top, there were also a lot of debutatants in this week's list.

Ateneo double-double machine Joaqui Manuel's workhorse type of game paid off as he was ranked 21st this week.

After firing 51 markers last weekend, Bacolod Tay Tung High School's Harold Alarcon was named as the 22nd top prospect.

Joshua Yerro of University of Visayas then rounded out the list.

NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24
End of Week 2

1. Kai Sotto, Ateneo
Last wk rank: 1

2. Joel Cagulangan, CSB-LSGH
Last wk rank: 2

3. SJ Belangel, Ateneo
Last wk rank: 5

4. Will Gozum, Mapua
Last wk rank: 3

5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU-Diliman
Last wk rank: 6

6. Dave Ildefonso, Ateneo
Last wk rank: 8

7. Rhayann Amsali, NU
Last wk rank: 7

8. CJ Cansino, UST
Last wk rank: 4

9. Clint Escamis, Mapua
Last wk rank: 9

10. Aaron Fermin, Arellano
Last wk rank: 9

11. Terrence Fortea, NU
Last wk rank: 16

12. RJ Abarientos, FEU-Diliman
Last wk rank: 15

13. Inand Fornilos, CSB-LSGH
Last wk rank: 11

14. Evan Nelle, San Beda
Last wk rank: 12

15. Warren Bonifacio, Mapua
Last wk rank: 13

16. John Galinato, CKSC
Last wk rank: 14

17. Mac Guadana, LPU
Last wk rank: 18

18. Raven Cortez, DLSZ
Last wk rank: 19

19. Harvey Pagsanjan, Hope Christian
Last wk rank: 20

20. Maui Cruz, EAC
Last wk rank: 23

21. Joaqui Manuel, Ateneo
Last wk rank: N/A

22. Harold Alarcon, Bacolod Tay Tung
Last wk rank: N/A

23. Jancork Cabahug, UV
Last wk rank: 17

24. Joshua Yerro, UV
Last wk rank: N/A

The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.

These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena.

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