LPU leader Mac Guadana returns with a vengeance to top spot of NBTC NCAA 24

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 19, 2019 04:07 PM
Guadana returns with a vengeance to top spot of NBTC NCAA 24
Mac Guadana is the first player to have more than one no. 1 placements in the 2019 NBTC NCAA 24 (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Lyceum’s Mac Guadana continues to cement himself as one of the best high school players in the country as he made his return to the top spot of the Phenom NBTC NCAA 24 rankings. 

First, the big-bodied guard helped the Jr. Pirates put an emphatic end to their two-game skid with a 33-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist outing against the Perpetual Help Junior Altas.

For an encore, he then steered his team to a gutsy win over the LSGH Greenies with an all-around game of 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, as well as a steal and a block. 

With that, Guadana registered himself as the no. 1 player in the NCAA's biweekly high school rankings for the second time in the season.

At no. 2 is Mapua’s Jonnel Policarpio who put up a string of noteworthy performances in the Red Robins’ past three games, averaging 14.6 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Making his return to the rankings and rising to the top three is Justine Sanchez of the San Beda Red Cubs. 

The long-limbed forward fell short of making the leaderboard the last time around, but re-introduced himself with back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Letran and Perpetual.

Right on the heels of Sanchez is teammate Yukien Andrada at no. 4 and completing the top five is the Greenies' RC Calimag.

Lyceum’s Jae Omandac rose 17 spots to end up at sixth overall. San Beda standout Rhayyan Amsali slid to seventh while John Barba remained a reliable force for the Junior Pirates at no. 8. Rounding out the top ten are a pair of new entrants in Letran’s Shawn Umali and LSGH's Kobe Palencia. 

Here is the complete list of the third Phenom NBTC NCAA 24 rankings:
1     Mac Guadana (LPU) (7)
2     Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (4)
3     Justine Sanchez (SBU) (N/A)
4     Yukien Andrada (SBU) (8)
5     RC Calimag (LSGH) (1)
6     Jae Omandac (LPU) (23)
7     Rhayyan Amsali (SBU) (3)
8     John Barba (LPU) (9)
9     Shawn Umali (CSJL) (N/A)
10     Kobe Palencia (LSGH) (N/A)
11     Joshua Ramirez (CSJL) (16)
12     Megan Galang (MU) (24)
13     Jan Manansala (LSGH) (2)
14     Jiam Quiambao (LSGH) (N/A)
15     Emman Galman (UPHSD) (6)
16     Charles Delfino (SBU) (18)
17     Adrian Rellama (AU) (N/A)
18     Shawn Argente (CSJL) (22)
19     Gyle Montano (LPU) (17)
20     Yuki Kawamura (UPHSD) (N/A)
21     Shawn Orgo (UPHSD) (10)
22     Gholam Garcia (JRU) (5)
23     Anthony Fransman (MU) (21)
24     Lennox Valenzuela (LSGH) (12)

This year, there will be four separate editions of the NBTC 24 - one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP, one for the CESAFI, and one for all the other venues where the most promising prospects in the country also get to showcase their skills.

After all four 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.

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