UAAP By the Numbers: Week 7
Paolo Mariano on Oct 20, 2015 11:07 AM
Simply put, FEU is dominating the endgame.
While Typhoon Lando battered Luzon, cancelling Sunday’s double-header, Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST), weathered a different kind of storm on the court to stay comfortable on the rooftop of the team standings. FEU unleashed another dominant fourth quarter, while UST made key baskets in crunch time to drown their respective opponents. Both squads are now assured of at least a playoff for the Final Four.
Archrivals De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University, meanwhile, got back on the winning track, strengthening their hold of the third and four spots.
It was a week of convincing victories for the league’s top four crews. With the post-season fast approaching, they’re surely eager to separate from the rest of the pack.
The fourth quarter scoring average of FEU—the most by any team this season. The Tamaraws mislead opponents into believing they’ll be able to hang tight in endgame. Then they’ll break the game wide open in the final period as if nothing happened. Just like what they did last Wednesday against University of the Philippines (UP). Entering the last frame, UP was only down by three. But the Tams fired 25 points, establishing a double-digit lead, which they never relinquished en route to the W.
The combined field goals of UST’s Karim Abdul, Kevin Ferrer, and Ed Daquioag against National University (NU). The Big Three shot a horrible 29.7% from the field and scored only 36 points, below their average of 47.2 prior to the game. The three seniors, however, scored the important baskets, combining for 12 markers in the payoff period. The Growling Tigers grinded out another cardiac victory with good old defense, limiting the Bulldogs to only 57 points—their third lowest of the season—on 30.8% shooting.
The average free throw attempts of Adamson University’s Papi Sarr—the most by any player this season. In fact, he’s the only player averaging double-digit charity attempts. In their last two games, he went to the line a whopping 32 times. The rookie big man from Cameroon is relentless in the shaded area with his high motor and remarkable athleticism. His percentage isn’t impressive though as he’s only making 5.8 per contest. But with more experience, he’ll definitely be a force to be reckoned with.
The number of La Salle players who scored at least seven points versus University of the East (UE). Talk about significant contributions. The Green Archers solved the Red Warriors’ stinging defense by spreading their offense. The seven players scored all but five of their 72 points. They remained aggressive all throughout the contest, attacking the rim with a purpose. Jeron Teng led all scorers with 20, while Thomas Torres added 15 markers. Others who contributed were Larry Muyang, Joshua Torralba, Prince Rivero, and Jason Perkins.
The assists average of Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena—the most by any player this season. For all the talk of Ravena being a ball-hog, he’s actually the league’s top playmaker. He tallied 11 dishes in their victory over the Soaring Falcons—the most any player since Terrence Romeo’s 12 in 2013. “The Phenom” sees the floor extremely well, knowing exactly when to pass off as he usually attracts the defense. He also led the league in assists last season with 5.6. Who’s the black hole again?