Work of Art in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 30, 2015 06:59 PM
Work of Art in this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five for the week come from San Beda, Letran, Arellano, Mapua, and Lyceum.

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

#1: Art Dela Cruz in San Beda’s 96-84 win against EAC, 89-63 win against CSB (Last week: #5)

Finally, Art Dela Cruz has been hailed as Player of the Week and along with it comes his return to the top of our list. The Red Lions’ captain has been the most consistent among all MVP contenders and proved so yet again this week in averaging a near triple-double of 23.5 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and 2.5 steals. The five-peat champions have been without chief playmaker Baser Amer for the better part of the season, but haven't missed a beat all because of the PBA-bound do-it-all forward.

#2: Mark Cruz in Letran’s 89-87 loss to San Sebastian, 86-76 win against EAC (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

“Ant-man” could have snatched another Player of the Week citation away from Dela Cruz if only the Knights didn't go 1-1 for the week. Numbers don't lie as Cruz’s 29.5 points, 2.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 steals in two games trump those of the eventual Player of the Week. Still, a close second is the highest a Letran player has reached on our list and it’s just fitting that it was attained by the player who, more often than not, is the only one able to put up points for his team.

#3: Jiovani Jalalon in Arellano’s 114-112 2OT loss to JRU (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

Another victim of being held down by his squad’s defeat is the rising star from Cagayan de Oro. With a win, Jalalon’s tally of a career-high 36 points and 16 assists to go with seven rebounds would have merited him automatic top individual honors for the week. Still, just playing a leading role in a double-overtime classic is already honor enough for the always humble floor general. With the “Bus Driver” showing the way, Arellano has indeed proven that it is here to stay as a contender.

#4: Allwell Oraeme in Mapua’s 70-65 win against Perpetual (Last week: #2)

Still without top gunner Josan Nimes and floor leader CJ Isit, the Cardinals pulled off an surprise victory at the expense of title hopeful University of Perpetual Help. What wasn't a surprise was that it was their Nigerian reinforcement who powered them. Oraeme delivered 19 points and 15 rebounds all while neutralizing his two counterparts in Bright Akhuetie and Prince Eze. As Nimes and Isit take their time to mend from their injuries, they can rest easier knowing that their team was finally able to slay a contender thanks to Oraeme.

#5: Victor Nguidjol in Lyceum’s 71-67 win against San Sebastian (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

It's about time that a Pirate made his way into our list and just like his 15-point, 17-rebound, and four-block performance, Nguidjol proved to be the game-changer for the Intramuros-based school. Through tireless effort all over the floor,  the Cameroonian has gained more and more of head coach Topex Robinson’s trust each and every game. If he keeps it up, he may just barge his way into the company of Oraeme, Akhuetie, and Ola Adeogun as well.

ON THE CUSP:

Michael Calisaan, San Sebastian (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Golden Stags have two pieces of its future already proving their worth in sophomores Michael Calisaan and Ryan Costelo. Between them, however, it has been Calisaan who has turned in steady contributions throughout the season and this week was no different with norms of 18.5 points and nine rebounds through two games.

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

After a slow start, the reigning Rookie of the Year has finally rounded into form as his numbers of 21 points and six rebounds this week proved. With Jalalon and standout rookie Kent Salado on the controls, Holts’ re-emergence is a welcome sight as the Chiefs race towards a semifinals spot.

Bright Akhuetie, Perpetual (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Altas’ Nigerian reinforcement has not quite followed up on his 40-point outburst earlier in the season, but has been pounding in solid statistics nonetheless. This week, Akhuetie had 18 points, nine rebounds, and four steals – numbers no longer eye-popping for “Mr. Brightside.”

Francis Munsayac, EAC (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)

The Generals have two solid interior presences in Hamadou Laminou and Sidney Onwubere, but, of course, they are a much potent team with their team captain on his game. They may have come off with two losses, but the fact that Munsayac was on his game with averages of 22 points, four assists, and two rebounds can only fan the hopes of EAC.

BOUNCE BACKS NEEDED:

Teytey Teodoro, JRU (Last week: #1)

Rey Nambatac, Letran (Last week: #3)

Ola Adeogun, San Beda (Last week: #4)

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