UAAP Power Rankings: Week 7

Paolo Mariano on Oct 20, 2015 01:49 PM
UAAP Power Rankings: Week 7
TOPS. Archrivals Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng boosted ahead of players from current powers FEU and UST.

It’s a tacky way to put it, but it was the marquee players’ time to shine last week. There are no surprise names in this edition of the Power Rankings. All five guys are legitimate MVP contenders, proof that the UAAP’s elite are rolling up their sleeves with the Final Four in the horizon.   

There’s no time to coast or take a backseat to less experienced teammates. The superstars know it. That’s why opponents should be extra wary.

Honorable mentions this week go to Thomas Torres, Aaron Black, Von Pessumal, Roger Pogoy, and Larry Muyang.

1. Kiefer Ravena – Ateneo
Win vs. Adamson: 20 Pts, 8 Rebs, 11 Asts
Returnee

Although it was against beleaguered Adamson, it’s impossible to disregard another near triple-double performance from Ravena. He was just two rebounds short from notching his first ever UAAP triple-double. The reigning MVP had his fingerprints all over the wide open game. He crashed the boards, set up his teammates with pinpoint passes, and scored at will when needed. Without a question, he’s the most skilled player in the league right now. He’s tied for first in scoring with 18.1 and tops in assists with 5.4.

2. Jeron Teng – La Salle
Win vs. UE: 20 Pts, 6 Rebs, 3 Asts
Returnee

It has become quite a habit for Teng to find himself in the Power Rankings. He once again carried the Green Archers with another all-around game. He has truly developed into a well-rounded player, spiked by an improved midrange shot. Each time the Red Warriors tried to close the gap with mini-runs, the former Finals MVP had an answer. More importantly, he also played fantastic defense. He made it a personal mission to guard Paul Varilla, who ended up missing 12 of his 15 shots.

3. Mac Belo – FEU
Win vs. UP: 12 Pts, 12 Rebs, 2 Asts
Last week: No. 5 (Tied)

Like a thief in the night or in his case, just another day on the job, Belo stealthily went to work against the hard-fighting State U quintet. He spearheaded the Tamaraws’ searing fourth quarter run to crack open what was a closely fought contest. He scored nine of his 12 points in the period, while hauling seven of his 12 rebounds. He also topped it off with two assists. He may look like he’s having a mediocre game, but when crunch time comes, opponents beware. 

4. Kevin Ferrer – UST
Win vs. NU: 13 Pts. 10 Rebs, 1 Blk
Last week: No. 2

He wasn’t at his best against the defensive-minded Bulldogs, but Ferrer still ended up with a double-double—his fourth of the season. It’s clear by now that he’s a nightmare match-up for most power forwards with his length and versatility. From being a streak shooter, he has developed his outside shot into a more reliable one. He’s tied with Pessumal for most three-pointers made with 20 and second in terms of accuracy at 35.7%. He’s also fourth in scoring (17.0) and sixth in rebounding (8.7).

5. Karim Abdul – UST
Win vs. NU: 13 Pts, 8 Rebs, 1 Ast
Last week: No. 1

Slipping down to the fifth spot after topping the list last week is Abdul. There’s no questioning his desire and competitiveness. He was being outplayed by fellow Cameroonian Alfred Aroga for most of the game. But he buckled down in the fourth quarter and simply refused to lose. He buried five three throws in the period, including the pair that sealed the Growling Tigers’ victory. It looks like the three-time Mythical Five member has regaining his conditioning. That only spells more trouble for the opponents. 

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