UAAP By the Numbers: Week 6
Paolo Mariano on Oct 12, 2015 02:09 PM
UST's Kevin Ferrer is helping the Growling Tigers remain on top
No rest for the wicked and talented. The UAAP hardly took a breather as the second round opened curtains over the weekend, just three days after the opening round ended. While it may be a little hard for the players, it surely bodes well for the fans, who have an unquenchable thirst for nail-biting hoops action.
Far Eastern University (FEU) took the solo lead in the team standings after dumping Ateneo de Manila University yesterday. But the Tamaraws held it for only about four hours as the University of Santo Tomas (UST) tied them up anew in the second game. They’re like clingy partners. University of the Philippines (UP), meanwhile, is back in the winning column after a much-needed victory over listless Adamson University.
The race to the Final Four has gotten more serious and jumbled and the teams will surely not give even a teeny-weeny inch.
The field goal percentage of FEU’s Mike Tolomia. For all his athletic brilliance and clutch ability, an understated facet of Tolomia’s MVP –type season is his marksmanship. He’s eighth in the league in FG shooting and is the only guard in the top 10. He’s striking 59.1% from two-point range and a league-leading 41.2% from long distance. He’s found the balance in his inside-outside game, knowing when to attack the paint and when to draw the defense out. He’s also shooting 87.5% from the line.
The number of points scored by National University (NU) against UE. It is the second lowest scoring output of the Bulldogs since Eric Altamirano assumed head coaching duties in 2011. They shot a miserable 16-of-57 from the field (28%), including 0-of-9 three-pointers as they were shackled by the Red Warriors’ pressure defense. NU also threw away the ball 28 times, almost duplicating its season-high 31 turnovers in their first round meeting. It was an ugly game for both team but UE would gladly take it.
The number of combined points scored by UP’s Henry Asilum and Agustini Amar versus Adamson. Asilum and Amar poured in 19 and 13 markers, respectively—both career-highs. The former waxed hot in the first half, while the latter provided the needed offensive spunk off the bench. The two guards stepped up huge for the erstwhile struggling Fighting Maroons, who have now matched their highest win total since 2009. Another backcourt stud in Diego Dario also made his presence felt with 14 points and five assists.
The average bench points of UST—lowest in the league this season. Aside from their defense and individual luster, what’s impressive about the Growling Tigers is that they’re winning despite not getting ample production from their second stringers. Yes, it’s not ideal but they’re getting the job done. Their paltry bench output might bite them late in the season, but as of now, they’re enjoying a league-leading 7-1 record so it’s not something to worry about. As they say, why fix if it ain’t broke?
The rebounding average of De La Salle University’s Thomas Torres in the last four games. Surprisingly, the pint-sized playmaker has become somewhat of a rebounding machine. He’s now the second leading rebounder among point guards with 5.0 RPG behind NU’s Gelo Alolino. It may be by design or a case of always being in the right place at right time, but the Green Archers sure need all the contributions. In his previous three seasons, the 5-foot-8 Torres only averaged 3.2 RPG. Watch out, Dennis Rodman!