UAAP 78 Power Rankings: Week 3
Paolo Mariano on Sep 22, 2015 12:04 PM
Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena soars to the top of this week's UAAP 78 power rankings after heroic performances against NU and UE.
Apologies to the España faithful, but there will be no more Ed Daquioag or Kevin Ferrer in this Power Rankings. Following UST’s stinging loss to NU, staining its previously undefeated record in the process, the dynamic duo has been dislodged from the list after making it in the first two editions. A familiar name zoomed all the way to the top with yet another virtuosic clutch performance, while two big men powered their way to the list for the first time this season.
Honorable mentions go to Ferrer, Von Pessumal, Chibueze Ikeh, Thomas Torres, Axel Iñigo, and Pape Sarr.
1. Kiefer Ravena – Ateneo
Wins vs. NU and UE: 18.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 5.5 APG
Believe it or not, this is the first inclusion of Ravena in this season’s Power Rankings. The Blue Eagles have been playing impressively lately and it’s mostly because of the "The Phenom." He may have shot horrible from the field against the Bulldogs (7-of-26), but he made the ones that counted the most, including the baskets that sent the game into a first and second overtime. Then against the Red Warriors, he was only a rebound and an assist away from his first UAAP triple-double.
2. Alfred Aroga – NU
Loss vs. NU and win vs. UST: 16.5 PPG, 45.5 FG%, 10.0 RPG
After playing subpar in their first three outings, Aroga finally delivered in their huge win over UST. He made a tough fall-away jumper over the outstretched arms of Karim Abdul to give the Bulldogs their maiden win of the season. More importantly, he stayed on the court and avoided foul trouble. He imposed his presence on both ends. Gelo Alolino may be NU’s best player, but the Cameroonian center is the team’s yardstick. If he plays well, a win is usually not too far behind.
3. Edison Batiller – UE
Win vs. Adamson and loss vs. Ateneo: 21.0 PPG, 5.0 APG, 4.5 SPG
Last week: No. 3
What about this guy, huh? People are now taking a second look at the Red Warriors because of Batiller. For the second straight week, he churned up praiseworthy numbers, including a 23-point, eight-assist, and six-steal line in their win over the Soaring Falcons. He’s now tops in the league in steals, second in scoring and three-pointers made, and sixth in assists. He is incredibly fun to watch with his fearless style and competitiveness. Whoever found this guy for UE should be given a hefty raise.
4. Jeron Teng – La Salle
Win vs. Adamson: 18 Pts, 9 Rebs, 5 Asts
It’s difficult to imagine the Green Archers losing three straight games, especially with Teng in the lineup. He really hates losing and isn’t afraid to show it. So after their two-game skid, he let his frustrations fuel his performance against Adamson. He had another solid all-around game, contributing in the rebounding and quarterbacking. He also made sure there’ll be no comebacks from the Soaring Falcons by scoring eight points in the payoff period. Expect him to turn it up a notch even more this week.
5. Raymar Jose – FEU
Win vs. UP: 11 Pts, 13 Rebs, 2 Asts
The soft-spoken Cebuano continues to play well for the Tamaraws by playing his role to a tee. He has no complaints about doing the dirty work. He posted his second double-double of the season in their pummeling of the Fighting Maroons. He outplayed every UP big man with his relentlessness off the boards and ability to finish around the rim. He also protected the paint from State U’s aggressive drives. It doesn’t matter if he’s up against imports or established locals, Jose isn’t backing down.