UAAP Power Rankings: Week 8
Paolo Mariano on Oct 27, 2015 03:57 PM
Papi Sarr had a pair of dominant double-double performances for the Adamson Soaring Falcons.
If there’s a theme for last week’s set of impressive individual performances, it’s bouncing back. Four of the five players in this edition of the Power Rankings either made up for registering pedestrian numbers in their previous assignment or recovered from a bitter defeat.
A fast-emerging force muscled his way to the top with a pair of dominant showings, while longtime teammates from Katipunan share the limelight for the first time this season after leading their team to its longest winning streak in what has been a turbulent campaign.
A bunch of honorable mentions go out to Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, Ed Daquioag, Arvin Tolentino, Gelo Alolino, J-Jay Alejandro, Alfred Aroga, Prince Rivero, and Jeron Teng.
1. Papi Sarr – Adamson
Loss vs. NU and win vs. La Salle: 27.5 PPG, 53.5 FG%, 15.5 RPG
After settling for honorable mentions in previous editions, Sarr finally made it to the Top 5. What a way to enter the list too as he stormed all the way to the No. 1 spot. Just look at his numbers! After putting up a colossal double-double of 32-points and 17 rebounds in a losing effort against the Bulldogs, he followed it up with 23 and 13 in their giant upset of the Green Archers. He’ll definitely be a perennial MVP contender in the foreseeable future.
2. Kiefer Ravena – Ateneo
Wins vs. UST and NU: 21.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.5 APG
Last week: No. 1
“The Phenom” dropped a notch from last week but it’s safe to say that he doesn’t mind. After all, the Blue Eagles have extended their winning streak to three. Ravena had a so-so offensive game versus the Growling Tigers as he focused on being a facilitator. He reverted to his explosive scoring ways against NU with a season-high 32 points, highlighted by six straight three-pointers in the opening period. He has now leapfrogged Daquioag in the tight race for the scoring title with 18.7 PPG.
3. Von Pessumal – Ateneo
Wins vs. UST and NU: 18.0 PPG, 3.5 3FGM, 3.0 APG
Like Sarr, the sweet-shooting Pessumal finally cracked the Top 5 after earning several honorable citations in the past. He’s been nothing but a reliable and consistent contributor for the Men in Blue throughout the season. He silently averaged 18 points in their two victories last week, while draining seven three-pointers to add to his league-leading total. He also helped prevent another meltdown against the Growling Tigers with his timely outside hits. He may not be as flashy as Ravena, but he gets the job done.
4. Kevin Ferrer – UST
Loss vs. Ateneo and win vs. UP: 21.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.0 APG
Last week: No. 4
Ferrer retained his No. 4 spot with a huge bounce-back game versus the Fighting Maroons. He was simply outclassed by Tolentino in their match-up last Wednesday, making a lone field goal in 11 attempts. But as they say, it’s hard to keep a good man down. The do-it-all senior burned State U with a career-high 29 points, 23 coming in the second half. He also set a new career-best in rebounds with 14, making up for his season-low three-carom output against Ateneo. Call it a comeback!
5. Joseph Nalos – Adamson
Win vs. La Salle: 20 Pts, 4 Rebs, 6 Asts
Here’s another guy who made up for lost opportunity. After being suspended against the Bulldogs, Nalos delivered a laudable all-around performance versus La Salle. The spitfire Cebuano scattered 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, while masterfully quarterbacking the Soaring Falcons. He also badly outplayed Thomas Torres, who has been one of the better point guards this season. The boys from San Marcelino still have a chance to squeeze into the Final Four and they need their ace playmaker now more than ever.