Power Rankings: Week 6
Paolo Mariano on Oct 14, 2015 08:39 AM
FLOODGATES ARE OPEN. UST continues to reign our power rankings; from two last week, three of their players are now atop of out list.
1. Karim Abdul – UST
Win vs. La Salle: 18 Pts, 11 Rebs, 3 Blks
Finally, the sleeping giant has awoken. Hampered by weight issues caused by knee injuries in the off-season, the 6-foot-6 Abdul delivered a long overdue dominant performance against the Green Archers. He put up a double-double—only his first of the season—as he outmuscled and outplayed the likes of Abu Tratter and Jason Perkins. The league’s top shot-blocker also protected the paint anew, swatting away three shots and altering numerous ones. The graduating Cameroonian isn’t 100% yet so that’s a scary thought for the opponents.
2. Kevin Ferrer – UST
Win vs. La Salle: 15 Pts, 11 Rebs, 2 Asts
Last week: No. 2
Retaining his runner-up spot in the Power Rankings is Ferrer. Just like in their first round encounter, he rescued the Growling Tigers from the pangs of defeat versus La Salle. After struggling for most part of the game due to the straitjacketing defense of Julian Sargent, the long-limbed skipper scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including six in a decisive 14-2 run and two free throws to seal the victory. There’s no denying that the exiting senior is completely locked in.
3. Ed Daquioag – UST
Win vs. La Salle: 17 Pts, 6 Rebs, 3 Stls
Last week: No. 1
Daquioag relinquished his top spot but it’s safe to assume that he’s perfectly fine with it. The gung-ho guard from Ilocos Norte doesn’t care about the spotlight. What he only cares about is willing UST to victory. He set the tone for the España boys anew against La Salle as he stubbornly challenged the interior defense. When he wasn’t scoring, he was busy hounding the passing lanes, registering three takeaways. His meteoric rise is truly one of, if not the most pleasant surprise this season.
4. Chris Javier – UE
Win vs. NU: 16 Pts, 9 Rebs, 2 Blks
The burly team captain has silently put up solid numbers this year. But against the Bulldogs, he really took the cudgels for the Red Warriors, scoring a season-high 16 points on top of nine caroms and two blocks. To underscore his herculean efforts, he scored 14 of UE’s last 24 markers in the closely fought contest and outworked Alfred Aroga. With Bon Batiller getting checked by the defense recently, it’s time for the 6-foot-5 Javier to assert himself more on offense and provide overall stability.
5-T. Henri Asilum – UP
Win vs. Adamson: 19 Pts, 3-of-6 3FGs, 3 Rebs
Asilum is another veteran who has broken out of a season-long slump. His breakout game came at the most opportune time for the Fighting Maroons, who have been on a downward spiral before grounding the Soaring Falcons. He pumped in a career-high 19 points, spiked by three three-pointers to lead UP’s scoring assault. He has always been an aggressive player on offense but has struggled with his shot this year. He needs to be more consistent if he wants State U to notch more Ws.
5-T. Mac Belo – FEU
Win vs. Ateneo: 12 Pts, 5 Rebs, 2 Asts
Belo’s numbers don’t pop out compared to the other players on the list, but it’s hard to dismiss his spearheading of the Tamaraws against the Blue Eagles. He came up big in crunch time, draining an important fadeaway shot late in the fourth quarter to keep the Green and Gold afloat and blocked Kiefer Ravena’s layup in the last 20 seconds—both with the same expressionless mug. His strong performance was also timely with Mike Tolomia failing to find his rhythm due to foul trouble.