UAAP By the Numbers: Week 2
Paolo Mariano on Sep 14, 2015 05:07 PM
UST’s Ed Daquioag has more than tripled his scoring average from last campaign to this season.
The UAAP once again proved to be a league of unpredictability as Week 2 of Season 78 was replete with pleasant and not-so pleasant surprises. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock—a rock without an Internet connection—the University of the Philippines (UP) recorded its best start in a decade. The University of Santo Tomas (UST), meanwhile, is atop the team standings with a blindsiding 3-0 record—its best start since 1999. Consensus contender De La Salle University lost its tlast two assignments, while the reigning champions have yet to barge into the win column. It’s only the second week of action yet unforeseen results have already made it to the forefront. But who’s complaining?
The year UP last started the season with two straight wins. Before yesterday’s defeat to UST, the Fighting Maroons were the toast of the town after a 2-0 record, highlighted by their upset of La Salle. The 2005 team actually kicked off with three consecutive victories after walloping National University (NU). But despite the strong start, the boys from Diliman still fell short of the Final Four, finishing at fifth place with a 6-8 record—the team’s best finish in the last decade.
The number of turnovers forced by University of the East (UE) against NU. The Red Warriors’ relentless trapping defense and gung-ho physicality caused all sorts of headaches for the Bulldogs. Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino were the main culprits in NU’s gaffes with eight and five errors, respectively. J-Jay Alejandro coughed up the ball thrice in 10 unproductive minutes. If the boys from Recto can maintain their defensive intensity, it won’t be surprising anymore if they slay more giants in the coming days.
The scoring average of UST’s Ed Daquioag—second best in the league after Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena (24.5). If you say you knew prior to the season that the athletic wingman would be one of the UAAP’s leading scorers, then you must be a descendant of Confucius. Because no one—absolutely, no one—perhaps even Daquioag himself, expected it. He has more than tripled his scoring last year (7.2 PPG) with his aggressive drives to the basket. He’s like a less flashy version of Cyrus Baguio.
The scoring run unleashed by FEU against La Salle in the third quarter yesterday. It easily proved to be the deciding moment of the game, which started as a hotly contested one. Roger Pogoy led the Tamaraws in their offensive smackdown, scoring all of his eight points in the period. The Tams’ fired 32 points in the period, matching the Green Archers’ total the entire second half. The Taft-based squad’s hopes of avenging last season’s Final Four defeat will have to wait another day.
The number of consecutive games UST has won over UP—the longest active winning streak by one team against another. The last time State U won over the Growling Tigers was back in August 2006 with a score of 70-67. The Fighting Maroons actually swept their season series that year after also winning in the first round via a Marvin Cruz game-winner. Aside from the spitfire guard, UP featured Nestor David, Ira Buyco, and rookies Woody Co, Migs de Asis, and Martin Reyes.