Lead Knight Nambatac rules this week’s NCAA 92 First Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 24, 2016 07:01 PM
Lead Knight Nambatac rules this week’s NCAA 92 First Five
MAIN MAN. Rey Nambatac has clearly claimed the throne once held by the likes of Samboy Lim, Kerby Raymundo, Kevin Alas, and Mark Cruz in Intramuros.

Here are the five players who did nothing but represent the #SampungKulay and fought the good fight in the #IsangLaban from July 17 to 23 in NCAA Season 92:

TOP 1: Letran’s Rey Nambatac

Simply put, the lead Knight wasn’t the NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week because his team went 1-1 during the span. However, that doesn’t make his personal exploits any less impressive.

Thoroughly taking the reins with the departures of Mark Cruz and Kevin Racal, Nambatac has returned to being the scoring dynamo he was back when he was the NCAA Juniors MVP.

The fourth-year guard torched San Sebastian last Tuesday to the tune of a career-best 40 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds for a monster double-double. He then followed that up with a 19-point, eight-rebound effort against Perpetual last Friday.

Nambatac and Letran didn’t come out on the winning end on both of those matchups, but they sure have proven that they are more than capable to defend their title.

TOP 2: San Beda’s Davon Potts

With the graduation of the holy trinity of Ola Adeogun, Baser Amer, and Art Dela Cruz, all the talk revolved around Javee Mocon, Donald Tankoua, and Dan Sara as new main men in Mendiola.

Enter the rookie off-guard who has showcased his offensive slkills from all around the court and has emerged as the Red Lions’s leading scorer. He only had nine points together with three assists and three rebounds in the victory versus Perpetual last Tuesday, but he was quick to make up for lost time by pouring in a career-high 31 points to go along with four rebounds in a statement win against Arellano last Friday.

San Beda is the lone perfect squad in the season and we don’t have to look any farther than Potts to see why.

TOP 3: Perpetual’s Bright Akhuetie

Benched in the final frame of their blowout loss to San Beda last Tuesday, “Mr. Brightside” still wound up with 13 points, six rebounds, and one block.

Making sure there would be no repeat, Akhuetie imposed his will right from tip-off last Friday against no less than defending champion Letran. There, he provided the biggest difference for the Altas’ biggest win of the season thus far by filling up the stat sheet with 21 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks.

Without a doubt, Perpetual remains a force to reckon with and it’s all because of their Nigerian main man.

TOP 4: San Beda’s Donald Tankoua

Filling in the shoes of Ola Adeogun is an unenviable task, but in just six games, Donald Tankoua has already proven himself to be a worthy heir.

That was no more evident that in the last week where he stood as the pillar in the Red Lions’ back-to-back big wins – one against Perpetual and the other against Arellano. Averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds through those two matchups, Tankoua outplayed all of Bright Akhuetie, Prince Eze, Lervin Flores, and Dioncee Holts.

Not bad at all for perhaps most overlooked name among foreign student-athletes.

TOP 5: LPU’s Ian Alban

The NCAA Player of the Week finds himself ranked fifth in our list even with his back-to-back breakout performances that have led to back-to-back wins for the Pirates.

After scoring a career-best 19 points a week ago, Alban outdid himself with 22 points which all came in a triumph over CSB last Thursday. From out of nowhere, the rookie-transferee has earned the trust of coaching Topex Robinson to be his team’s go-to-guy.

Undoubtedly, the Tondo-bred baller has been at the forefront of LPU’s surge.

ON THE CUSP:

Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme

LPU’s Harry Nzeusseu

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