UAAP 78 Power Rankings: Week 2
Paolo Mariano on Sep 15, 2015 02:58 PM
Ed Daquioag has top-scored for UST against FEU and UP and his heroic efforts didnít go unnoticed as he was named UAAP 78 Player of the Week.
Cross out Week 2 of UAAP Season 78 because it’s over like UP’s winning streak. UST has maintained its sweltering start though, that’s why it’s no shock that a Growling Tiger is atop the Power Rankings. Three new names are part of this edition, although one of them is a very familiar one—especially with his expressionless facade every single game.
It was difficult to once again cut Kiefer Ravena after another masterful 20-point game, but it was also difficult to discount a more significant performance from another player. Aside from “The Phenom,” honorable mentions go to FEU’s Mike Tolomia, UP’s Jett Manuel and Diego Dario, and Ateneo’s Aaron Black.
1. Eduardo Daquioag – UST
Wins vs. FEU and UP: 22.5 PPG, 56.5 FG%, 5.5 RPG,
Last week: No. 4
Were you thinking of someone else? Daquioag is now on everybody’s radar thanks to his meteoric rise. After a sensational season debut, he followed it up by leading the Growling Tigers past the Tamaraws and the Fighting Maroons for a league-leading 3-0 slate. He top-scored for the España boys in both games, including the game-sealing baskets. His heroic efforts didn’t go unnoticed as he was named Player of the Week. The “MVP” chants may be a bit too soon, but he’s surely playing like one.Â
2. Kevin Ferrer – UST
Wins vs. FEU and UP: 14.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG
Last week: No.5 (Tie)
While Daquioag has been the main attraction in UST’s sizzling start, Ferrer has also been as valuable. It looks like the Gilas Cadets mainstay has embraced his role as the do-it-all guy for UST. His activity off the boards was a huge factor in their back-to-back wins last week. He also hit timely three-pointers against FEU and played fantastic defense versus UP. Basketball looks so effortless for him. He just needs to learn to be more aggressive in taking charge when the going gets tough.
3. Edison Batiller – UE
Win vs. NU: 23 Pts, 4-of-8 3FGs, 2 Rebs
Batiller is another player who has slowly introduced himself to the UAAP. He was one of the few bright spots in the Red Warriors’ opening day loss to UP. But last week, he made sure his efforts wouldn’t go for naught as he led UE to a huge upset against the defending champions, scoring 14 points in the decisive third quarter. Clearly, his confidence isn’t a problem. He’s not afraid to hoist shots and go against more established players. Next goal: Hit those free throws.
4. Mac Belo – FEU
Loss vs. UST and win vs. La Salle: 17.0 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.5 BPG
Like last season, Belo has been silently racking up the numbers with his efficient all-around game. He top-scored for the Tams in their bitter loss to UST but hardly got touches in the waning minutes. He was visibly frustrated after the game. Unfortunately for the Green Archers, the 22-year-old pride of North Cotabato unleashed his frustrations on them. He produced across the board with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. The obvious lesson here is you don’t want to get him mad.
5. Paul Desiderio – UP
Win vs. La Salle and loss vs. UST: 12.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.0 APG
It’s truly notable how playing for the National Team can do wonders for a young guy. After sitting out Season 77 to suit up for Batang Gilas, Desiderio’s confidence has skyrocketed since his return. He’s perpetually on attack mode and doesn’t back down against bigger and more experienced opponents. He averaged double figures in scoring last week with his sheer aggressiveness. He also helped out in crashing the boards. Even though they lost to UST, he shouldn’t stop his assertiveness whenever his number is called.