Jalalon still rules this week’s #IlabasAngGaling Five
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 13, 2015 09:05 PM
Our #IlabasAngGaling Five this week come from Arellano, Perpetual, Mapua, and San Beda.
Here are the top five players who did nothing but #IlabasAngGaling during this week in NCAA Season 91:
#1: Jiovani Jalalon in Arellano’s 97-83 win against LPU, 86-76 win against San Sebastian (Last week: #1)
By now, Jiovani Jalalon has proven that he’s no longer just a rising star, but one of the brightest stars in the collegiate arena. The fact that reigning MVP Scottie Thompson has five triple-doubles in 11 games is already a feat to behold, but his fellow recruit from Mindanao has made the oldest collegiate league all the more awesome. Jalalon now has three triple-doubles to his name all while being the driving force behind the Chiefs’ four-game win run. With averages of 18 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds through two wins, how could “The Bus Driver” lose the top spot?
#2: Bright Akhuetie in Perpetual’s 88-86 win against San Beda (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)
By virtue of his game-winner against the five-time defending champions alone, Bright Akhuetie is more than justified in bagging Player of the Week honors. If only he had another team win to match Jalalon’s output for the week, he just may have claimed the top spot in our list as well. Nonetheless, 31 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists up against Ola Adeogun can never be scoffed at.
#3: Allwell Oraeme in Mapua’s 68-67 win against JRU, 70-66 win against LPU (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)
With team captain Josan Nimes unable to stay on the floor due to a recurring hamstring injury, Allwell Oraeme has become the constant for the Cardinals. The Nigerian yet again posted powerful norms of 13.5 points and 20.5 rebounds through two wins for the streaking season hosts. More than proving he is a force to be reckoned with in only his first year, Mapua’s man in the middle has also become their beacon of hope whether or not they successfully barge into the Final Four.
#4: Scottie Thompson in Perpetual’s 88-86 win against San Beda (Last week: #4)
With so many rising stars and already stars shining in the season, the reigning MVP just keeps working and doing his thing. It wasn’t a triple-double, but an output of 14 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, and three steals against the five-time defending champions was simply another day at the office for Scottie Thompson.
#5: Ola Adeogun in San Beda’s 88-86 loss to Perpetual (Last week: #5)
It’s clear that they have been Art Dela Cruz’s show to run, but when they are in dire need of points, it has been their longtime stalwart San Beda has turned to. The Nigerian proved his value once more in pounding in 26 points and eight rebounds in his team’s highly-contested matchup against new-age rivals Perpetual. They may have been on the losing end, but the Red Lions are sure to be relishing the fact that Adeogun is finally back to dominating.
ON THE CUSP:
Art Dela Cruz, San Beda (Last week: #2)
Art Dela Cruz has cooled off recently, ending with only 15 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in his most previous outing. Those numbers would have been impressive for just about anyone, but the Red Lion leader has set such a high standard for himself.
Paolo Pontejos, JRU (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)
Teytey Teodoro, thus far in the second round, has failed to rekindle his hot shooting. All of it may have transferred to teammate Paolo Pontejos who averaged 21 points, four rebounds, and two steals through two games.
Dioncee Holts, Arellano (Last week: NOT IN TOP FIVE)
Arellano is clearly Jalalon’s team, but their strengthening grasp on a Final Four spot also has much to do with the re-emergence of the reigning rookie of the year. By averaging 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and two assists through two games, Holts has reclaimed his role as “The Bus Driver’s” most reliable destination.
Mark Cruz, Letran (Last week: #3)
The Knights look to be headed towards an emphatic return to the Final Four and their lead guard looks to be headed towards ending his collegiate career with a bang. Cruz turned in 20 points and four assists in another Letran win in the previous week and is undoubtedly the most potent player in the league’s most potent team.
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