Art Dela Cruz leads this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2015 04:06 PM
Art Dela Cruz leads this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five for the week come from San Beda, JRU, and Mapua.

Here are the top five players who did nothing but #IlabasAngGaling during the opening day of NCAA Season 91:

#1: Art Dela Cruz in San Beda’s 102-89 win against Mapua

Many, many words have already been said about the fourth-year Red Lion’s masterful performance in the absence of co-leaders Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun, so let’s just let his stout stat line do him justice: 27 points in 67 percent shooting, 18 rebounds, and seven assists.

#2: Abdel Poutouchi in JRU’s 78-61 win against Arellano

The Cameroonian was coach Vergel Meneses’ well-kept weapon during the preseason, only unleashing his new import a few times. Meneses did not hold anything back in the first game of the season and Poutouochi did not let his coach down by pounding in 23 points in 83 percent shooting and 11 rebounds. Even longtime standout Adeogun and highly-touted rookie Bright Akhuetie can only agree that was quite a first impression.

#3: Josan Nimes in Mapua’s 102-89 loss to San Beda

It was as triumphant as returns go for the 2011 Rookie of the Year as, in only his first game back in over two seasons, he proved that back and knee injuries could not slow him down. Neither could his defenders, apparently, as the Filipino-Australian scored 17 points in the first half alone. Of course, Nimes was limited to only six markers the rest of the way, but ending with 23 points, nine rebounds, and four assists only had the Mapua community believing that this year will be different from their back-to-back bottom finishes.

TIE #4 and #5: Ryusei Koga and Ranbill Tongco in San Beda’s 102-89 win against Mapua

Dela Cruz was huge, but the Red Lions still needed guards to make up for their court general's absence. Amer’s backcourt-mates didn’t need to be asked twice with Ryusei Koga having all of San Beda’s first eight points en route to a total of 16 markers and seven assists. Second-year guard Tongco’s 18 points, including four triples, also boosted Mendiola’s belief that they will be in good hands once Amer finishes his final season.

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