Thompson rises to top in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2015 08:07 PM
Thompson rises to top in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five for the week come from Perpetual, Arellano, Mapua, and San Beda.

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

#1: Scottie Thompson in Perpetual’s 82-79 win against Mapua, 84-70 win against San Sebastian (Last week: #3)

If someone asks us just what exactly a playmaker is, we could do nothing more than point at Scottie Thompson during every single moment he is on the floor. The reigning MVP never looks for any statistics and instead always lets the game come to him. In turn, he channels all of it into creating the best possible opportunities for his team. Just as the all-around stat line of 15 points, 12 assists, and 13.5 rebounds through two games is of no surprise anymore, it was always only a matter of time before Scottie ascended into the top of this list.

#2: Jiovani Jalalon in Arellano's 92-80 win against EAC, 100-96 win against Mapua (Last week: #4)

No one in the collegiate level can match the court vision of the Chiefs' floor leader. Even his own coach admits to having his heart skip a beat whenever the Cagayan de Oro native whips an unbelievable pass. If he keeps on tallying 19 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds just like last week and adding more triple-doubles, he just might be on his way from last year's breakout to an MVP campaign this season.

#3: Bright Akhuetie in Perpetual’s 82-79 win against Mapua, 84-70 win against San Sebastian (Last week: #1)

Of course, things are a lot easier when you play alongside the reigning MVP, but that could not and should not diminish the Nigerian's tireless floor activity to get into the right position. Bright has continued proving that his uninspiring debut was an exception rather than the rule with averages of 22 points and 15.5 rebounds  the previous week and has come to be Thompson's perfect running mate in the Altas' unbeaten start.

#4: Allwell Oraeme in Mapua's 82-79 loss to Perpetual, 100-96 loss to Arellano (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Cardinals' reinforcement was mentioned in the same breath as Akhuetie during the preseason, but it has taken him a longer time to provide a huge lift to his team. This season's hosts aren't complaining, however, after the Nigerian posted averages of 16.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, and three blocks in the last two outings. Mapua may be at 2-3, but they have become a team to be reckoned with because of Oraeme's emergence and Josan Nimes' inspired final campaign.

#5: Art Dela Cruz in San Beda's 93-80 loss to Letran (Last week: #2)

The Red Lions' team captain played his worst game so far in the season with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in his only contest this week. That stat line would have been impressive from anyone, but Art set such a high standard for himself with a dominant start to the season. The benefit of the doubt still rests with him though as Letran's defense looks to be more then capable in making anyone look bad.

SPECIAL MENTION:

That no one from the most impressive team in the league made it into this week's list just seems wrong. No Letran Knight has taken the spotlight so far in the season, but that defense of theirs is definitely a star in its own right. Clamping down on CSB? Alright. Flummoxing JRU? Great. Leashing San Beda? Wow. Just wow.

ON THE CUSP:

Josan Nimes, Mapua (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Despite back-to-back losses, the Cardinals' captain kept his team in the game in averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 7.5 rebounds.

Sidney Onwubere, EAC (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Laguna native has clearly put his involvement in last season's on-court brawl behind him as he averaged an 18-point, 13.5-rebound double-double the last two games.

Bradwyn Guinto (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Just like last year, San Sebastian's only constant has been the middle patrolled by Guinto who posted 15 points and 9.5 rebounds in his previous two outings.

BOUNCE BACKS NEEDED:

Rey Nambatac, Letran (Last week: #5)

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