UAAP Power Rankings: Week 9

Paolo Mariano on Nov 03, 2015 12:09 PM
UAAP Power Rankings: Week 9
Back-to-back 20-plus point performances has enabled NU's J-Jay Alejando to zoom all the way to the top of the UAAP Power Rankings for this week.

With only one playing date last week, the choices for this edition of the Power Rankings aren’t as expansive. But that doesn’t mean there was a dearth of fine performances.

Just like last week, one guy zoomed all the way to the top of the list in his first inclusion this season. He found his shooting touch at a perfect time, with his team scrambling to get into Final Four contention. It was exhilarating to watch as he buried once crucial shot after another.

Two less flamboyant players also made the list with their significant contributions. They did their usual task and added a little more.

Honorable mentions go to Russel Escoto, Andrei Caracut, and Jerome Garcia.

1. J-Jay Alejando – NU
Win vs. La Salle: 25 Pts, 8-of-13 FGs, 3 Rebs
Newcomer

Just a few days after firing 22 points against Adamson, Alejandro registered a new career-high by exploding for 25 points versus the Green Archers. He pumped in 17 markers in the final period to deliver the W for the Bulldogs. The hot-shooting marksman has always been a capable scorer since his days at Malayan High School of Science and what an opportune time for him to find his touch with the defending champions fighting tooth and nail to earn a spot in the Final Four.

2. Raymar Jose – FEU
Win vs. Adamson: 12 Pts, 7 Rebs, 3 Asts
Returnee

Arguably the most underrated big man in the league, Jose once again proved that he’s one of the most efficient. He tallied across-the-board numbers despite only playing 20 minutes. More importantly, he helped handcuff Papi Sarr to only four points on 1-of-6 shooting. He often makes the right decisions and plays his role to a tee. The southpaw pivot from Cebu has improved every year and he’s now one of the vital cogs in the Tamaraws’ quest to avenge last season’s bitter finals defeat.

3. Paolo Javelona – NU
Win vs. La Salle: 14 Pts, 5-of-8 FGs, 3 Rebs
Newcomer

Known more for his heads-up defense, the innocent-looking Javelona stepped up offensively against La Salle. With backcourt mate Gelo Alolino firing bricks all game long, the West Negros University product scattered a career-high 14 points. He picked his spots well and went with the flow. He has said that it’s more satisfying when he locks down an opposing player, but it sure doesn’t hurt to get several buckets as well. Besides, the Bulldogs all the help they can get to keep their title-retention bid alive.

4. Jeron Teng – La Salle
Loss vs. NU: 25 Pts, 6 Rebs, 2 Asts
Returnee

In yet another losing effort, Teng delivered praiseworthy numbers. He poured in a game-high 25 points against the stinting defense of NU—his second highest output this season. He was once again flexed his muscle in the lane as he barreled through hapless defenders, even challenging bigger and heftier guys like Alfred Aroga and Jeoff Javillonar. It’s clear that there’s a sense of urgency and indomitable desire in him every time he plays. Now it’s up to his teammates to pick up the remaining slack.

5. Alfred Aroga – NU
Win vs. La Salle: 11 Pts, 7 Rebs, 5 Asts
Returnee

His numbers don’t jump out like his previous games but the imposing Cameroonian did enough to help stave off the Green Archers in their all-important match-up. He made a crucial and-1 play in the last 40 seconds to give NU a five-point lead. From there, La Salle never recovered. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in the fourth period to make his presence felt in the other departments. Expect him to bounce back with more laudable numbers in their next assignment.

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