Letran's Nambatac still reigns in this week’s NCAA 92 First Five
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2016 09:00 PM
STAYING POWER. Rey Nambatac remains the league's top individual performer in the same manner he has let Letran remain as a tournament contender.
Here are the five players who did nothing but represent the #SampungKulay and fought the good fight in the #IsangLaban from July 24 to 30 in NCAA Season 92:
TOP 1: Letran’s Rey Nambatac (Last week: TOP 1)
The lead Knight held on to the top spot after coming out the victor in a classic shootout with JRU’s Paolo Pontejos last Thursday.
Scoring 15 of his 29 points in the last eight minutes, Nambatac was at the forefront of a rumbling rally that put Letran back inside the winner’s circle. For good measure, he also added five rebounds and two steals to ultimately outperform Pontejos who had just turned in his best game of the season.
While the fourth-year off-guard only registered one win – also in just one try, of course – there is no question that he remained the league’s top individual performer.
TOP 2: Perpetual’s Bright Akhuetie (Last week: TOP 3)
This week’s NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week climbs up one rung in our ladder following a power performance within the span of three days when he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and 3.5 blocks.
Akhuetie had his way with hapless College of St. Benilde last Tuesday before eventually ending as the winner in his faceoff with LPU’s Harry Nzeusseu three days later. Then, he pounded in all but three of his 13 points in the final frame to go along with a total of 13 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks to fuel his team to their third win in a row.
The Altas among the contenders for the championship and, without a doubt, it’s all because of their Nigerian powerhouse.
TOP 3: Arellano’s Jiovani Jalalon (Last week: NOT IN FIRST FIVE)
At long last, “The Bus Driver” has arrived in our list – and he has arrived bringing the goods, averaging 15.5 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and 3.5 steals all while steering the Arellano bus to back-to-back wins.
Widely-considered to be the frontrunner for MVP in the preseason, Jalalon has taken more time than expected to get his engine going. As evidenced by his all-around numbers for this week, however, he is getting there slowly but surely.
After all, it was always a matter of when, and not if, the best collegiate guard in the country would get himself going.
TOP 4: LPU’s Harry Nzeusseu (Last week: ON THE CUSP)
Forcing his way into the company of reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme of Mapua and Bright Akhuetie of Perpetual, Harry Nzeusseu has become the difference-maker LPU have sought for a long time.
On the back of his broad shoulders, the upstarts find themselves right in the middle of the playoff mix. This week alone, he normed 22 points, 17.5 rebounds, and three blocks – all of a sudden, turning the boys from Intramuros into a complete team.
Oraeme and Akhuetie better make room at the upper echelon of foreign student-athletes because Nzeusseu is coming.
TOP 5: San Beda’s Davon Potts (Last week: TOP 2)
The first-year Filipino-American didn’t top, or even come close, to his career-high 31 points a week ago, but his 25-point performance this time around came in a heavyweight bout pitting him and the rest of San Beda against reigning MVP Allwell Oraeme and Mapua.
Then, Potts saved his best for last as his 10 points in the final frame helped the Red Lions fend off the comebacking Cardinals. Indeed, it was his late hot shooting that kept their spotless slate intact.
Now, if only he could light up some other statistical departments…
ON THE CUSP:
Perpetual’s Gab Dagangon (Last week: NOT IN FIRST FIVE)
EAC’s Hamadou Laminou (Last week: NOT IN FIRST FIVE)
BOUNCE BACKS NEEDED
San Beda’s Donald Tankoua (Last week: TOP 4)
LPU’s Ian Alban (Last week: TOP 5)
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