UAAP By the Numbers: Week 9
Paolo Mariano on Nov 03, 2015 10:29 AM
The FEU Tamaraws have been the most unselfish team this season as they've led the UAAP in assists.
It was a quiet week in the UAAP as only two games were on tap in observance of All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day.
League-leading Far Eastern University (FEU) is now assured of at least a playoff for the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four after trumping Adamson University. But just like creepy Halloween tales, the Tamaraws had their own scare against the hard-fighting Soaring Falcons. They unleashed a searing run in the end game—like they’ve done all season long—to finally put the nail in the coffin. With the loss, Adamson is now out of post-season contention.
National University (NU), meanwhile, strengthened its Final Four aspirations with a convincing come-from-behind victory over De La Salle University.
The number of points scored by NU’s J-Jay Alejandro versus De La Salle University. The fiery shooter established a new career-high as he almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs past the Green Archers in their crucial tiff. After scoring just a lone basket in the first half, he waxed hot in the final two quarters, saving his best for last as he scattered 17 markers in the payoff period. It was the perfect time for him to catch fire with Gelo Alolino and Alfred Aroga firing blanks.
The number of assists made by FEU against Adamson—the team’s second highest this season. The Tamaraws lead the league in dishes per game with 15.8 APG and they showcased their fluid ball movement once again versus the Soaring Falcons. The unselfishness of the players is vital in their dribble-drive offense, which also hinges on quick passing. Mike Tolomia led the way with six feeds, while Mac Belo, Raymar Jose, and Monbert Arong added three apiece. In contrast, the San Marcelino-based club only registered 10.
The number of current UAAP players who trace their roots to Cebu. They are Adamson’s Gerald Fernandez, Joseph Nalos, and Dawn Ochea, Ateneo de Manila University’s Jerie Pingoy, FEU’s Arong, Ron Dennison, Barkley Ebona, Jose, Roger Pogoy, and Francis Tamsi, NU’s Rev Diputado and Dave Yu, University of the East’s Shannon Gagate, University of the Philippines’ Henry Asilum, Paul Desiderio, Jan Jaboneta, Pio Longa, and Dave Moralde, and UST’s Zachary Huang. Yep, the Queen City of the South is truly a factory of fantastic athletes.
The scoring average of Adamson University’s Jerome Garcia in the second round. The hard-nosed sniper from Jose Rizal University high school is one of the biggest revelations this season. He plays with a chip on his shoulder after getting cut last year. Now, he has earned heavy minutes under head coach Mike Fermin with his size at the two-guard spot and aggressiveness on offensive. He’s averaging 9.4 PPG this season, a significant improvement from his meager 2.0 tally in his rookie year in Season 76.
The number of turnovers committed by La Salle against NU—the team’s lowest this season. Prior to the game, the Green Archers averaged 19.8 errors per outing (third worst in the league). But despite the surprisingly low TOs, they still couldn’t pull off the important win versus the Bulldogs, who coughed up the ball 16 times. In the end, as with most hotly contested games, defense spelled the difference. The boys from Taft allowed the defending champs to score 32 points in the fourth period.