UAAP 78 Power Rankings: Week 5

Paolo Mariano on Oct 09, 2015 12:51 PM
UAAP 78 Power Rankings: Week 5
GROWL. Two Tigers take the top spots in this week's list.

Like a newly calibrated sports car, the first round of Season 78 sped by like a blur. But before the opening half ended, several players closed it out with commendable performances. It was a terrific week of charged-up action with several come-from-behind triumphs, cardiac finishes, and masterful individual showcases.

Arguably the league’s most lethal one-two punch is back atop the Power Rankings, while an erstwhile ignored sophomore gate-crashed the list. Good for him and the league.

Honorable mentions go to a slew of players in Thomas Torres, Joseph Nalos, Karim Abdul, Prince Rivero, Paul Desiderio, Paul Varilla, and Alfred Aroga, 

1. Ed Daquioag – UST
Wins vs. La Salle and UE: 22.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.5 APG

Another week, another scintillating showing for the hard-nosed UST guard. After a pedestrian 11-point output against La Salle, he followed it up with 34 not-so pedestrian points against UE, highlighted by unstoppable forays to the hoop. What’s impressive about “Mighty Daqs’” thrilling scoring binges is he doesn’t need a bunch of three-pointers. He just scores at will inside at a high percentage. He also contributed in the rebounds and assists departments, while playing fantastic defense. Just give this guy the Most Improved Player trophy already.  

2. Kevin Ferrer – UST
Wins vs. La Salle and UE: 15.5 PPG, 2.5 3FGs, 5.5 RPG,
Last week: No. 2

Alternating with Daquioag as the Growling Tigers’ go-to-guy is Ferrer. He starred for the España boys in their win over the Green Archers, top-scoring with 17 points, 10 coming in the fourth quarter. He then tallied 14 markers and five boards against the Red Warriors. It’s easy to see that the Gilas Cadets mainstay has developed into a more mature and more focused player this season. There’s a sense of urgency in him, knowing that it’s his last chance to get the coveted UAAP title. 

3. Mike Tolomia – FEU
Win vs. NU: 19 Pts, 3-of-6 3FGs, 5 Asts
Last week: No. 4

Clutch as clutch can be. Tolomia once again proved that he’s one of the league’s deadliest players in crunch time, propelling FEU past NU. He buried back-to-back three-pointers in the final two minutes to give the Tamaraws leeway to escape with the win. He doesn’t care if he misses majority of his shots. As long as the game is on the line, he’ll never hesitate. He can easily be the league’s top scorer but he knows he has to be more of an overall player. 

4. Jerome Garcia – Adamson
Win vs. UP: 26 Pts, 5-of-10 3FGs, 2 Rebs

Before torching UP with a career-best 26 points, Garcia scored a total of 25 markers in his young UAAP career. The sophomore forward showed he has the touch from downtown, making five of his 10 attempts to lead the Soaring Falcons to their first win of the season. He modestly credited his breakout game to his teammate Papi Sarr’s relentless rebounding. But come on, he should also give himself a pat on the back for making his shots. Now, teams are watching out for him.

5. Jeron Teng  – La Salle
Win vs. Ateneo and loss vs. UST: 15.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.5 APG

Teng looked utterly disgusted after La Salle blew a 15-point lead in an important game against UST. But like most superstars, he quickly dusted it off and bounced back versus a more important assignment. He pumped in a game-high 18 points in their come-from-behind win over nemesis Ateneo, while adding six rebounds and five dishes. He looked like a man amongst boys. It’s almost impossible to see him slacking off in a huge battle. Expect his competitiveness to come full swing in the second round. 

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