UAAP By the Numbers: Week 4
Paolo Mariano on Sep 29, 2015 11:25 AM
The FEU Tamaraws have been running opponents to the ground with their juggernaut offense that has produced a league-best 83.8 points per contest.
It was a week of incredible comebacks in UAAP Season 78. Or if you’re from the losing camp, a week of bitter disappointments. Incidentally, it was league leaders Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) who had to dig deep and lean on the heroics of their go-to-guys to stave off their resilient opponents. The Tamaraws notched back-to-back come-from-behind victories, while the Growling Tigers snatched a win from formidable Ateneo de Manila University.
National University (NU), meanwhile, has sneakily strung up three straight Ws after starting 0-3. It’s perfect timing for the Bulldogs with the opening round already is nearing its conclusion. After all, it’s not how you start but how you finish.
The scoring average of FEU this season—the most by any team. The Tamaraws have been running opponents to the ground with their juggernaut offense. They know when to turn the gear up a notch and a morale-pillaging scoring run is fast becoming a trademark. No other team is even averaging 75 PPG. Seven players put up at least five points per outing for the Green and Gold, led by Mac Belo’s 15.8 The Tams have hiked up their production from 74.4 PPG last season.
The number of points scored by UST in the fourth quarter against Ateneo. The Growling Tigers made an improbable comeback from 16 points down thanks to their torrid offense. Kevin Ferrer spearheaded the furious rally with 11 points, highlighted by three three-pointers. They also clamped down on defense, limiting the Blue Eagles to a solitary field goal and four free throws. The Men in Blue shot a ghastly 1-of-17 from the floor in the payoff period. In contrast, the boys from España shot 8-of-17 (47.0%).
The number of rebounds grabbed by Adamson University’s Papi Sarr versus FEU and NU’s Alfred Aroga versus University of the Philippines (UP)—the most by any player this season. It’s no surprise that the league’s top two rebounders are tied for the season record. Sarr is averaging 12.8 RPG, while Aroga isn’t too far behind with 12.5 RPG. They are both tireless off the glass, wisely using their heft and athleticism to chase down misfired shots. The rebounding title could interestingly go down the wire.
The number of last year’s Batang Gilas players who are now in the UAAP. They are Ateneo’s Aaron Black, Matt Nieto, and Mike Nieto, FEU’s Richard Escoto, La Salle’s Andrei Caracut, Jollo Go, Enzo Navarro, NU’s Dave Yu, and UP’s Diego Dario and Paul Desiderio. Majority of the RP kids are doing well this season with Desiderio, Dario, and Caracut being the more laudable ones. Some of them played in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup, while the others suited up in the FIBA-Asia Under-18 Championship.
The number of field goals made by University of the East’s (UE) Edison Batiller in their loss to De La Salle University. The fearless newcomer clanked all his nine attempts from the floor—the first time he failed to bury a field goal this season. After averaging 20 PPG prior to the game, the General Santos product was handcuffed to only two points. Actually, he hasn’t made a FG since the third quarter of their meeting with FEU. He’s now missed his last 13 shots.