UAAP By the Numbers: Week 8
Paolo Mariano on Oct 26, 2015 02:33 PM
Mac Belo and the FEU Tamaraws were the first to claim a Final Four spot in Season 78
Two slots locked. Two slots left.
Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) clinched the first two seats in the Final Four after registering wins last week. FEU continued its season-long dominance to enter the post-season, while UST had to do a mulligan after losing to Ateneo de Manila University last Wednesday.
Speaking of Ateneo, the Loyola boys extended their winning streak to three and are now just a win away from earning the third semifinals ticket. The free-for-all race for the final slot just got more interesting with Adamson University completing a shocker against De La Salle University.
The rest of the teams still have a chance to crack the Final Four so expect nothing but nail-biting action in the remaining games. Fun times in the UAAP!
The number of rebounds grabbed by FEU against University of the East (UE)—the most by any team this season. The tally almost equaled the Red Warriors’ scoring output of 67. The Tamaraws clearly outworked the Recto-based team off the boards, caroming 25 offensive rebounds that resulted in 21 second chance points. Six players grabbed at least five rebounds for the Green and Gold with Raymar Jose and Mike Tolomia leading the way with nine apiece. FEU tops the league in rebounding with 48.3 RPG.
The number of points scored by UST’s Kevin Ferrer versus University of the Philippines (UP). After an abhorrent 1-of-11 performance in their loss to Ateneo, the fleet-footed forward bounced back big-time in an important game. He buried 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half to gift-wrap the Growling Tigers an assured ticket in the Final Four. He shot 7-of-19 from the field and 12-of-15 from the stripe. His previous high was 27 markers set against the Blue Eagles in the first round.
The number of points scored by Adamson in the fourth quarter against La Salle. The Soaring Falcons simply refused to wave the white flag despite being down by as much as 16 points in the third period. They fired 10-of-17 in the final frame, while holding the Green Archers to only 15 markers on 5-of-20 shooting. Papi Sarr and Joseph Nalos combined for 22 points in the quarter to outscore the entire Taft-based quintet. Prior to the game, they only averaged 16.7 fourth quarter points.
The number of points scored by Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena in the first half against National University. In what’s arguably the most exhilarating shooting display this season, “The Phenom” fired six straight three-pointers to start the game. He ended up with 32 points, six shy of his career high. Ravena’s opening half scoring outburst is the most by any player since the UAAP started using computer-based statistics in 2003. He topped the previous record of 22 markers he shared with former FEU main man Terrence Romeo.
The number of points scored by NU’s J-Jay Alejandro in the fourth quarter and overtime against Adamson. The third-year sniper out of Malayan High School almost singlehandedly rescued the Bulldogs in crunch time, scoring 12 of the team’s last 18 points. The former RP Youth Team star nailed four cold-blooded free throws in the last 26 seconds of regulation, before adding eight straight markers to start the extension. He finished with a career-high 22 points, proving anew that he’s the future of the Sampaloc-based crew.