NCAA 91: Allwell Oraeme tops this week's efficiency rankings
Paul Lintag on Jul 06, 2015 09:50 AM
Allwell Oraeme can lead the Mapua Cardinals to a lot of surprises this season.
After four solid playdates of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament, big men have been the stars of the league thus far and they are certainly the most efficient.
- Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme – 37 EFF (one game this week, W vs. San Sebastian)
On the strength of a 22-rebound performance against San Sebastian in a come-from-behind 88-86 win, Oraeme posted this week’s highest efficiency points at 37. He also blocked eight shots on top of his 15 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. With Oraeme anchoring the defense, the Cardinals may have a few more surprises this season.
- San Beda’s Art Dela Cruz – 31 EFF (one game this week, W vs. EAC)
Despite the Red Lions having six players in double figures and two more scoring at least nine points in a blowout victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College, Art Dela Cruz continues to stand out for San Beda. The veteran forward scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the defending champions in an all-around display of excellence. He also added four assists, two steals and a block.
- Perpetual’s Bright Akhuetie – 30 EFF (two games this week, Ws vs. LPU and CSB)
The biggest story and statline of the young NCAA season. If not for a subpar debut, Akhuetie’s numbers could higher but after a monster 44-point, 17-rebound performance against St. Benilde in only his second game in the league, you can’t help but think that Perpetual’s hope for a championship are “Bright.” Perhaps the only drawback to Akhuetie’s career game was his nine turnovers but other than that, his efficiency is off the charts.
Week 2 by the numbers:
44 - points scored by Perpetual’s Bright Akhuetie vs. CSB this week. The most since JRU’s John Wilson scored 48. The all-time NCAA record stands at 55 by La Salle great Lim Em Beng.
22 and 8 - rebounds and blocks recorded by Mapua center Allwell Oraeme, the most this week that also led to a win by the Cardinals.
12 - assists dished out by Arellano’s Jiovani Jalalon. After a sorry debut, the Chiefs got back on the winning track thanks to their star handing out the most dimes this past week.
29 - the positive +/- ratings of Letran’s Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac in their game against St. Benilde. The Knights won by 29 points.
14-12-10 - Earl Thompson's statline vs. CSB. A triple-double in the second game of the season. MVP.
(Compared to the popular Player Efficiency Ratings or PER, we will be using a more basic player efficiency measurement in the EFF, which makes use of raw stats,Â to track the weekly performance of our NCAA stars)
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