After Round 1, Nambatac clear top gun in NCAA 92 First Five

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 15, 2016 05:16 PM
After Round 1, Nambatac clear top gun in NCAA 92 First Five
FIRST FIVE. Letran's Rey Nambatac is proving immovable atop our list of top individual performers.

The first round of the NCAA 92 Men's Basketball Tournament is over and done with.

And we have a clear picture of the top players who did nothing but represent the #SampungKulay and fought the good fight in the #IsangLaban.

TOP 1: Letran’s Rey Nambatac

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 22.7 points, 45.9 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals

There is no doubt, no debate, and no discussion that Rey Nambatac is the tournament’s top individual performer through the first round.

The lead Knight was the league’s best scorer all while bringing the defending champions right in the thick of things. This, despite the loss of Aldin Ayo, Mark Cruz, and Kevin Racal as well the inconsistency of new running mates in JP Calvo and Bong Quinto.

Clearly, the high school player who took the NCAA Juniors by storm more than four years ago is once again here.

TOP 2: Perpetual’s Bright Akhuetie

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.1 points, 62 percent shooting, 12.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.9 blocks

No longer with triple-double machine Scottie Thompson, no longer with legendary coach Aric del Rosario, and yet Perpetual are still among the league’s contenders as they stand on the broad shoulders of Bright Akhuetie.

The Nigerian powerhouse has stood as the pillar for the Las Pinas-based squad who find themselves among the top three teams. Everybody expected the Altas to be competitive, but not many assumed them to contend at that level.

Just one look at Akhuetie’s production is all it takes to understand why the new day shines so bright for Perpetual.

TOP 3: San Beda’s Davon Potts

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.4 points, 48.0 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds

Ogie Menor. Yousif Aljamal. Garvo Lanete. Now, San Beda’s scoring lineage continues through Davon Potts.

The Filipino-American has put to good use all the offensive tools en route to becoming the revenge-seeking Red Lions’ leading scorer. He’s no do-it-all player like Ola Adeogun, Baser Amer, and Art Dela Cruz, but he can score like all three of them combined.

San Beda are well on their way to reclaiming the throne they have occupied for eight of the last 10 years and leading the march is no other than their newfound scoring dynamo.

TOP 4: Arellano’s Jiovani Jalalon

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.2 points, 38.7 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.6 steals

While Jiovani Jalalon is yet to tally a triple-double, he unquestionably remains the best collegiate guard in the country today.

There is no backcourt player, or perhaps even just a player, who has the combination of scoring, playmaking, and on-ball defense of Arellano’s floor general. In fact, his numbers, stout as they already are, still are subpar relative to the high standard he has set for himself.

And, take it to the bank, it’s only a matter of time before everybody witnesses that high standard once more.

TOP 5: LPU’S Harry Nzeusseu

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.1 points, 57.1 percent shooting, 17.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks

All of a sudden, LPU is a force to be reckoned with and at the forefront of it all is Harry Nzeusseu.

The hulking Cameroonian has proven to be just the missing piece in LPU’s long incomplete puzzle. Providing much-needed muscle on the inside, he has allowed their slew of talented guards to put out their, well, talent.

Only in his first year and already dominating, just imagine what Nzeusseu could do with someone like CJ Perez roaming the outside.


Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.5 points, 51.1 percent shooting, 18.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.8 blocks

EAC’s Hamadou Laminou

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.0 points, 50 percent shooting, 12.9 rebounds, 4.0 blocks

San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan

ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.8 points, 40 percent shooting, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals


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