UAAP 78 Power Rankings: Week 4

Paolo Mariano on Sep 29, 2015 06:43 PM
UAAP 78 Power Rankings: Week 4
CHARGE. Two Tamaraws are in this week's UAAP Power Rankings: Mac Belo at #1 and Mike Tolomia at #4.

If there’s one thing the past week proved, it’s that teams indeed live and die with their top gunners. Well, FEU, UST, and NU, lived. Their respective stars pumped new life into their flat-lining hearts with heroic performances. One of them even contended with a virus on the side.

Only one player is back from the previous list but three familiar names are making a comeback—the recurring theme of last week’s games. An erstwhile unnoticed guy, meanwhile, made his presence felt with a breakthrough performance.

Honorable mentions go to Jeron Teng, Andrei Caracut, Papi Sarr, and Gelo Alolino.

1. Mac Belo – FEU
17.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.5 APG
Returnee

The steadying force of the Tamaraws’ vaunted attack, Belo once again delivered when the going got tough. He dug his team from the grave against UE, scoring 12 of his season-high 24 points in the final period and followed it up with a solid showing versus Adamson. But despite his consistent production, he hasn’t really had his time in the spotlight with other flashier players getting the recognition. But knowing the soft-spoken North Cotabato native, he’d rather get the job done minus all the fanfare.

2. Kevin Ferrer – UST
27 Pts, 6-of-10 3FGs, 9 Rebs
Returnee

It may be a stretch to compare his performance against Ateneo to Michael Jordan’s legendary “Flu Game,” but Ferrer did have the flu and he did have one heck of a game. The versatile forward mustered enough strength and will in the final frame to lead the Growling Tigers’ sizzling fight-back against the Blue Eagles. He buried three triples and played terrific defense on his way to a career-high 27 points. For years, his competitiveness has been questioned. Perhaps the doubts could simmer down now.

3. Alfred Aroga – NU
14.0 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 3.0 APG
Last week: No. 2

Will somebody please come up with a menacing moniker for Aroga? The chiseled Cameroonian continues to impose his will in the paint with his frightening mix of strength and skill. He averaged a double-double last week, including a 12 and 22 performance against UP. He has also improved on his passing, tallying a career-best four assists versus UE. Moreover, he’s been more of a leader, rallying his teammates and encouraging them when things aren’t working. Don’t be surprised if he sneaks on the MVP plum.

4. Mike Tolomia – FEU
16.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.5 APG
Returnee

Speaking of MVP, Tolomia is another guy who has maintained MVP-type numbers. He has truly evolved from being a scorer to an all-around weapon. He remains to be one the league’s most feared players in the crunch time as well, rescuing the Tamaraws against upset-hungry Adamson with a three-pointer in the final 42 seconds—his only basket of the fourth quarter. When he struggles from the field, he’s mature enough to focus on other facets like setting up his teammates and helping crash the boards.

5. Larry Muyang – La Salle
11 Pts, 11 Rebs, 4 Blks
Newcomer

While Teng and Caracut put up notable numbers, it was Muyang who made the difference in La Salle’s hard-earned win over UE. His averages of 4 PPG and 5 RPG prior to the game were already good enough for a rookie off the bench, but he stepped up with a double-double plus four rejections, tying Belo and Karim Abdul for the season high. The 20-year-old from Pampanga has loads of potential. Expect him to earn more burn time if Jason Perkins continues to play lackadaisically.

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