Thompson holds off Jalalon in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 26, 2015 06:56 PM
Thompson holds off Jalalon in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling 5
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five for the week come from Perpetual, Arellano, San Beda, and Letran.

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 79-71 loss to Letran (Last week: #1)

The Altas may have just tasted their first defeat of the season, but it definitely wasn't from a lack of trying by the reigning MVP. Thompson was his usual effortlessly all over the floor self with 22 points, six assists, and nine rebounds - as well as seven turnovers, to be fair - but there's only so much one person could do in the face of the rampage hailing from Intramuros. With a singular bad game yet to tarnish his season, Perpetual's leader remains the league's most consistently spectacular player.

#2: Jiovani Jalalon in Arellano's 104-92 win against San Sebastian (Last week: #2)

The star-making season continues for the Cagayan de Oro native as he outdid the eye-popping 15 assists he had two weeks ago with 16 last Friday. Jalalon only had eight points, but nobody was questioning who was in control of both his team and his opponents. A year ago, there was no doubt that Thompson was the league's best playmaker and now, the fact that Jalalon has turned it into a debate is already an accomplishment in itself.

#3: Art Dela Cruz in San Beda's 97-74 win against Lyceum, 73-67 win against CSB (Last week: #5)

The playmaking recruits from Mindanao have stolen much of his thunder, but it still cannot be denied that Art Dela Cruz is the main reason why the Red Lions are a scary second-ranked squad as of the moment. With court general Baser Amer out for three months, the fourth-year player has fully taken on the role of point forward and normed 16 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists through two games.

#4: Mark Cruz in Letran's 82-76 win against San Sebastian, 79-71 win against Perpetual (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

While their "magulo basketball" has been all the rave in the league, the Knights wouldn't be undefeated if not for the offensive outburst coming their smallest player. "Ant-man" saved the league-leaders from an upset by San Sebastian then steered the Intramuros-based squad past erstwhile undefeated Perpetual and averaged 22 points, 4.5 triples, 5.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds while doing so. After a year without any Kevin Alas or Raymond Almazan, Letran has a superhero once more.

#5: Rey Nambatac in Letran's 82-76 win against San Sebastian, 79-71 win against Perpetual (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Not to be outdone by his backcourt-mate, the third-year gunner continues to deliver his best season and fulfill his promise as a one-time NCAA Juniors MVP. Posting 17.5 points, three assists, 4.5 rebounds, and four steals through two games, Nambatac - and Cruz - indeed has the numbers to back up his claims that Letran has the best backcourt in the league.


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

The basketball community has been in awe at just how many great guards the NCAA has. Although remaining in the shadows because of the Golden Stags' 1-4 standing, Ortuoste undoubtedly definitely belongs in the conversation, especially after two games averaging 21 points, 5.5 triples, four assists, and 4.5 rebounds.

Dioncee Holts, Arellano (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Chiefs' offense is on a roll after a bumpy start with 100 points in back-to-back games which has, of course, coincided with the re-emergence of reigning Rookie of the Year Holts who turned in a stat line of 21 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, and two blocks the last time around.

Ola Adeogun, San Beda (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Opponents don't know which is scarier: The fact that the five-peat champions just seem to be lurking to pounce at the right moment or the fact that Adeogun is finally fully healthy as evidenced by two-game averages of 17.5 points and nine rebounds.

Teytey Teodoro, JRU (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

And the real Teytey Teodoro finally stands up. The second-year guard was tagged to be one of the engines for the Heavy Bombers and he lived up to expectations for the first time in his last outing with 16 of his 25 points in the fourth to go along with four assists and seven rebounds.


Bright Akhuetie, Perpetual (Last week: #3)

Allwell Oraeme, Mapua (Last week: #4)


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