Akhuetie shines bright in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2015 01:35 PM
Akhuetie shines bright in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five for the week come from Perpetual, San Beda, Arellano, and Letran.

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

#1: Bright Akhuetie in Perpetual’s 70-61 win against Lyceum, 77-69 win against CSB (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

For around three days, it became a popular topic if the Altas’ Nigerian reinforcement really was worth the preseason hype after he turned in a solid, yet unspectacular nine-point, nine-rebound debut. Once he had another opportunity to take the floor, however, Bright Akhuetie shattered all doubts – and doubters – by posting 27 points and 12 rebounds in the first half alone, nearly outworking the entire CSB side which only mustered 28 markers and 14 boards. By the end, the 6’8” center had 44 points and 17 rebounds to his name – daring anyone to ever question him again.

#2: Art Dela Cruz in San Beda’s 108-80 win against EAC (Last week: #1)

It was a very tough call to drop the five-peat champions’ point forward from the #1 spot, what with another stout stat line of 22 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists in their second straight rout. Needing Akhuetie’s historically dominant performance to push him from the top, however, simply proves how the Red Lions’ captain has so far been the league’s most consistently stellar performer. Even while Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun are still looking for their groove coming from injuries, San Beda is still right on track for a shot at a six-peat and it’s all because of Dela Cruz.

#3: Scottie Thompson in Perpetual’s 70-61 win against Lyceum, 77-69 win against CSB (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

While others stake an early claim as the best player, the actual reigning MVP simply continues along his way, staying true to his identity of silently compiling all-around numbers. After playing hero against Lyceum to give the Altas an opening win, Thompson then tallied a triple-double in just his second try of the season. What’s even scarier? The reigning MVP’s 12-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist average through two games is far from what he is fully capable of.

#4: Jiovani Jalalon in Arellano’s 80-78 win against Lyceum (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Much was expected from last year’s breakout star after he took in valuable experience from the PBA D-League and then the Southeast Asian Games in the preseason. The Chiefs’ court general didn’t look ready for a heavier burden in their opener, but made sure to bounce back in the biggest of ways the next time around with 20 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds. With the Cagayan de Oro native now looking sure of himself in the driver’s seat, Arellano is headed nowhere but forward.

#5: Rey Nambatac in Letran’s 82-53 win against CSB, 78-62 win against JRU (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The non-stop full-court pressure has undoubtedly been the star during their impressive couple of wins, but the Knights still needed offensive firepower to make sure they came out on top. Luckily, their third-year guard and now top-gunner was more than ready to answer the call in norming 18 points, two treys, and 6.5 rebounds on the back of a 25-point outing against the tough perimeter defense of JRU.

ON THE CUSP:

Josan Nimes, Mapua (Last week: #3)

The Cardinals’ captain kept stroking and collected 20 points, seven assists, and three assists in their 88-86 win against San Sebastian.

Jamil Ortuoste, San Sebastian (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The captain of the Golden Stags tallied 21 points, including four triples, six assists, and seven rebounds in their 88-86 loss to Mapua.

Joseph Gabayni, Lyceum (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

After an uninspiring two-point, five-rebound performance, the Pirates’ big man rediscovered his post presence and pounded in a strong 20-point, 19-rebound double-double in their 80-78 loss to Arellano.

BOUNCE BACKS NEEDED:

Abdel Poutouchi, JRU (Last week: #2)

Ryusei Koga, San Beda (Last week: tied for #4 and #5)

Radge Tongco, San Beda (Last week: tied for #4 and #5)

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