UAAP By the Numbers: Week 3
Paolo Mariano on Sep 21, 2015 01:07 PM
Mike Tolomia has been leading the unselfish FEU Tamaraws with 4.8 assists per game this season.
There will be no immaculate records this Season 78 as the University of Santo Tomas (UST) got bit by the win-hungry National University (NU). One could argue that it was a case of Law of Averages for both the Growling Tigers and the Bulldogs. It’s hard to picture UST sustaining its smoldering start and even harder to envision the defending champions lose four straight games. But yeah, it also took a lucky fade-away shot from Alfred Aroga to settle the difference.
With UST’s defeat, there’s now a three-way logjam atop the team standings with Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University (FEU) taking care of their respective assignments last week. The Blue Eagles and the Tamaraws really look impressive as of late so don’t be surprised if they start to separate themselves from the field.
The assists average of FEU—the most by any team this season. The Tamaraws have been dominating teams with their well-calibrated offense. Like last season, they’re doing it via impressive ball movement. They also led the league last year in assists with 15.7 per outing. With an array of weapons, the boys from Morayta have no qualms sharing the ball. It’s a testament to their selflessness and maturity.Â Eight players average at least an assist each, with Mike Tolomia leading the pack with 4.8 APG.Â
The number of offensive rebounds grabbed by Ateneo’s Chibueze Ikeh against NU—the most by any player this season. Strangely, he only caromed three defensive boards. Still, it was a much-awaited breakout game for the Nigerian rookie. He kept the Blue Eagles afloat in the crucial stretches with his activity off the offensive glass, besting University of the East’s (UE) Charles Mammie’s 13 offensive rebounds last year. He also made clutch free throws to help Ateneo notch its first win over the Bulldogs since 2012.
The number of three-pointers made by Ateneo’s Von Pessumal against UE—the most by any player this season. The graduating sniper finally found his mark against the Red Warriors as he drained six of 10 attempts from long range. Prior to the game, he only shot 3-of-19 (15.7%), including a ghastly 0-of-8 versus NU. The former Blue Eaglet jumpstarted his fine shooting against the Recto-based squad in the second quarter, making all four of his three-pointers. He went to finish with a career-high 21 points.
The steals average of UE’s Bon Batiller—tops in the league. It’s now evident to everyone that the newcomer out of General Santos can put the ball in the hoop. He’s tied for second in the league with 20.5 PPG. But an underrated facet of his game is his defense. He may not be the best on-ball stopper but he anticipates passes with ease. The Red Warriors’ incessant ball pressure is perfect for the prolific guard’s spirited style. If he’s lurking around, better watch out.
Kiefer Ravena’s three-point field goals versus NU. Speaking of nightmarish shooting from long range, the reigning MVP was terrible from rainbow country against the Bulldogs as well. But the solitary trey he made was the only thing that mattered as it sent the game into overtime. Before the audacious shot, he bricked all of his nine three-point attempts. “The Phenom” was clearly bothered by the fantastic defense of Paolo Javelona. But in the end, he got the last laugh. Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing.