UST revelation Mark Nonoy overthrows Kai Sotto in NBTC UAAP 24
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 23, 2018 05:31 PM
A rare triple-double in the high school ranks was more than enough for Mark Nonoy to nudge ahead of towering teen Kai Sotto in this week's rankings
UST has wasted no time in shining the spotlight on its brand new star in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
After dropping 31 points in his very first game in the big leagues, Mark Nonoy tallied a triple-double to lead the Tiger Cubs to their maiden win.
As if his scoring spree in his debut wasn’t enough of a statement, the 5-foot-8 do-it-all guard opened everybody’s eyes with a 17-marker, 16-rebound, and 12-assist effort in his team’s takedown of UPIS last Sunday.
That was the first triple-double in the high school ranks since Kai Sotto collected 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in Ateneo’s victory versus NU in Game 1 of the Finals a year ago.
Nonoy also added four steals just for good measure to leave no doubt in staking claim to the top spot in Week 2 of the Chooks-to-Go UAAP 24.
With him fronting the effort, UST has yet another player challenging Sotto’s dominance in the UAAP Juniors – following now Growling Tiger CJ Cansino who was hailed as last season’s Season MVP.
For his part, the Blue Eaglets’ towering teen had a powerful performance of his own with a 27-point, 20-rebound double-double in their second win in a row to begin their title defense. Making it even more impressive is he had to carry a heavier load in their first game without court general Forthsky Padrigao.
That was more than enough to put Sotto as a close second in this week’s rankings.
Following them are RJ Abarrientos who shot FEU-Diliman to their first triumph, Carl Tamayo who made sure NU kept pace with Ateneo, and Bismarck Lina who backstopped Nonoy for UST.
Rounding out the top 10 are Adamson’s Joem Sabandal, Ateneo’s Jed Diaz, NU’s Cyril Gonzales, UPIS’ Ralph Labao, and Harold Alarcon, another Bullpup.
Lina was this week’s biggest riser, jumping from rank 22 right into the top five.
On the other hand, Geo Chiu of Ateneo and Henrie Subido of DLSZ suffered the steepest falls with the former dropping 17 spots to 24th and the latter dropping 10 spots to 15th.
Here are the complete Week 2 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC UAAP 24:
1 Mark Nonoy (UST) (4)
2 Kai Sotto (ADMU) (1)
3 RJ Abarrientos (FEU) (8)
4 Carl Tamayo (NU) (2)
5 Bismarck Lina (UST) (22)
6 Joem Sabandal (AdU) (3)
7 Jed Diaz (ADMU) (N/A)
8 Cyril Gonzales (NU) (20)
9 Ralph Labao (UPIS) (18)
10 Harold Alarcon (NU) (N/A)
11 Royce Alforque (FEU) (19)
12 Jorick Bautista (FEU) (N/A)
13 Joaquin Jaymalin (ADMU) (24)
14 Gerry Abadiano (NU) (12)
15 Henrie Subido (DLSZ) (5)
16 Andrey Doria (AdU) (16)
17 Jake Engbino (AdU) (N/A)
18 Terrence Fortea (NU) (10)
19 Jacob Estrera (UPIS) (N/A)
20 RR Tolentino (FEU) (14)
21 Lance Jomalesa (DLSZ) (11)
22 Vince Dolendo (UST) (N/A)
23 Nat Sevilla (DLSZ) (13)
24 Geo Chiu (ADMU) (7)
This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.
After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March.