It’s a Teytey-keover in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2015 08:06 PM
It’s a Teytey-keover in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five for the week come from JRU, Mapua, Letran, and San Beda.

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

#1: Teytey Teodoro in JRU’s 90-87 win against Mapua (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

This week in the NCAA was pretty weird with usual suspects like reigning MVP Scottie Thompson and MVP contenders Art dela Cruz and Bright Akhuetie turning in substandard outings. That set the stage for a relative unknown like the Heavy Bombers’ lead pilot to take the spotlight with an endgame performance for the ages. With his team all but dead inside the last four minutes, Teodoro bombed away at an 18-point deficit to lift JRU to an incredible comeback victory. All in all, Vergel Meneses’ go-to-guy scored 18 of his career-high 32 points in the final frame to go along with a total of three steals – essentially ending the race for Player of the Week before it even began.

#2: Allwell Oraeme in Mapua’s 90-87 loss to JRU, 80-77 loss to Letran (Last week: #3)

Just in terms of numbers, the Cardinals’ Nigerian reinforcement would be a runaway winner with monster marks of 23 points, 23.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks through two games. However, he was unable to do anything about his team’s back-to-back meltdowns and a 0-2 record will never be justifiable for the top spot. Nonetheless, Oraeme has already proven to be more consistently effective compared to his more hyped countryman in Bright Akhuetie. Moreover, the Mapua big man has also needed to put up with being the lone pillar for his team with top gunner Josan Nimes and court general CJ Isit sitting out two games in a row.

#3: Rey Nambatac in Letran’s 80-77 win against Mapua (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

With how impressively the Knights have been playing this season, we wouldn’t be wrong in already reserving them one spot in our weekly rankings. What’s even more impressive is that there hasn’t been one person, but instead several people who have carried the Intramuros-based squad to the top of the leaderboard. One week it was Mark Cruz, the other it was Kevin Racal, and now it’s the turn of their third-year guard. Nambatac became Letran’s latest hero by outscoring all of their opponents in the last five minutes, 11-7, to rescue his team from what appeared to be a meltdown. The Cagayan de Oro native ended with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals and was the sole reason the Knights finished the first round in first-place.

#4: Ola Adeogun in San Beda’s 92-81 win against San Sebastian (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

His team captain perhaps summed it best by saying, talking about the Red Lions’ longtime center, that the real Ola Adeogun is finally back. The reason behind the assertion? San Beda’s Nigerian reinforcement posted his best game of the season with 28 points and 14 rebounds to power his squad past their pesky longtime rivals. While newcomers in Oraeme and Akhuetie have granted their teams immediate impact, it’s still Adeogun’s inside dominance that can never be counted out when talking about imports.

#5: Art dela Cruz in San Beda’s 92-81 win against San Sebastian (Last week: #1)

For the first time in the season, the fourth-year forward was not part of the discussion for Player of the Week. However, that doesn’t mean that dela Cruz’s play dipped as he remained productive as ever with 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in their most recent outing. He may not have been in discussion for top honors this week, but he remains among the MVP frontrunners by being the most constant and efficient with his effort.

ON THE CUSP:

Jiovani Jalalon, Arellano (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Chiefs’ playmaker seems to be turning into this season’s Scottie Thompson – putting up spectacular numbers that no longer come as a surprise. This time around, Jalalon tallied 13 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds all while playing laid back minutes with his squad figuring in a rout of their opponents.

Ryan Costelo, San Sebastian (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Michael Calisaan was Recto’s shining star a week ago, but his fellow sophomore stole his thunder with the gutsiest of performances against their longtime rivals. Costelo was the spark for the Golden Stags as they rode a 16-0 run to put a scare into the five-peat champions. San Sebastian lost out in the end, but it was definitely not because of their point guard who finished with 18 points, four assists, eight rebounds, and two steals.

BOUNCE BACKS NEEDED:

Bright Akhuetie, Perpetual (Last week: #2)

Hamadou Laminou, EAC (Last week: #4)

Scottie Thompson, Perpetual (Last week: #5)

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