UAAP By the Numbers: Week 5
Paolo Mariano on Oct 08, 2015 11:34 AM
After the first round, the reigning MVP is once again leading the race for the league’s top individual honor.
It was a busy Week 5 in the UAAP to say the least. The first round of men’s basketball came to a close, the much-anticipated match-up between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University went down, and the yearly blockbuster—and social media fiesta—that is the Cheerdance Competition happened.
At the end of Chapter 1 of Season 78, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU) are tied atop the team standings after only dropping a single game. The Tamaraws’ ascent was expected but no one pictured the Growling Tigers to stockpile wins. Adamson University, meanwhile, finally broke through the win column, spoiling many preseason prognoses that the team would finish with a big fat egg.
The statistical points (SPs) of Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena—the most by any player this season. After the first round, the reigning MVP is once again leading the race for the league’s top individual honor. He’s putting up impressive all-around numbers of 18.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 5.0 APG, and 1.7 SPG. He, however, is shooting a career low 32.9% from the field. Sitting in the second spot is UST’s Kevin Ferrer with 68.28 SPs. Since 2009, SPs are the sole basis for selecting the UAAP MVP.
The scoring average of the University of the Philippines (UP) in the last five games. While there are many other factors, the obvious culprit in the Fighting Maroons’ losing streak is their anemic offense. Their paltry average in their five-game slide is way below the league average of 69.2 PPG. It’s also a noticeable drop from their 66.5 PPG in their back-to-back wins, which now feel like archaic history. State U also shot only 33.2% from the floor in the defeats. Wake up, Diliman boys!
The number of points scored by UST’s Ed Daquioag against University of the (East)—the most by any player this season. The league’s most surprising player registered another career high in what has been a marvelous final year. He surpassed his previous best of 28 points, shooting 14 of 23 from the field against the Red Warriors, who had no answer for the electrifying guard. He also smashed Jeron Teng’s season high of 29 markers. Daquioag is now the league’s top scorer with 19.4 PPG.
The scoring run made by La Salle in the third quarter against Ateneo. After blowing a huge lead versus UST, the Green Archers turned the tables on their archrivals. They were down by as much as 15 points in the first half but stormed back after the break. They drained five three-pointers in the period, including three straight in the first minute to finally snag the lead and eventually the victory. They have now won four of their last five battles with the Blue Eagles.
The number of players who played only a single game in the first round. Unlike previous years, all players were fielded by the eight teams after the opening half of the season. Six guys, however, didn’t get much floor time. They are Ateneo’s Isaac Go, Adamson’s Cristian Garcia, La Salle’s John Gob and Daryl Pascual, National University’s Kevin de Castro, and UST’s Justin Arana. In contrast, 69 players played in all their first round assignments, led by FEU and UP with 11 each.