UAAP By the Numbers: Week 10
Paolo Mariano on Nov 09, 2015 02:14 PM
Kevin Ferrer and the rest of the Growling Tigers swept FEU in the elimination round for the first time since 2006, the last year UST won the UAAP men's basketball crown.
The UAAP was back in its full action-packed glory last week. Bitter rivals Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University concluded their series, at least in the elimination round, in yet another nail-biting fashion. University of Santo Tomas (UST), meanwhile, solidified its chances to clinch the twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four after blanking Far Eastern University (FEU) in their own series.
Adamson University and National University (NU) also joined last week’s winners with inspired efforts against the hard-luck University of the East (UE) and University of the Philippines (UP), respectively. With the loss, UE and UP kissed their post-season aspirations adieu.
The race, however, is still wide open for the top two and the final two seats in the F4 so expect nothing but intense, free-for-all wars of attrition this week.
The year UST last swept its elimination round series versus FEU. After nine years, the Growling Tigers duplicated the feat after hacking out a come-from-behind win against the Tamaraws. In the previous five seasons, UST’s record against FEU was 3-7. It’s also worth mentioning for the España faithful that 2006 was the year UST last won the title. It was Pido Jarencio’s rookie stint as head coach and had players like Jojo Duncil, Jervy Cruz, Allan Evangelista, Japs Cuan, and Dylan Ababou at his disposal.
The combined points of UST’s Karim Abdul, Kevin Ferrer, Louie Vigil, Mario Bonleon, and Ed Daquioag against FEU. They scored every basket for the Growling Tigers except for the four markers of Marvin Lee. The quintet shot 26-of-57 from the field and outscored the entire Tamaraws, who put up 76 points. A rejuvenated Abdul top-scored with 22 points, while Ferrer chipped in 21, all in the first three quarters. The unsung Bonleon tallied a new career-high of 13 markers, 11 coming in the second half.
The number of points scored by Ateneo in the third quarter against La Salle. It proved to be the pivotal stretch of the game as the Blue Eagles rallied from as much as 10 points in the first half to tie their season series. They shot 8-of-16 from the floor, while shackling the Green Archers to only nine points on a dismal 3-of-14 clip. Kiefer Ravena and Adrian Wong sparked the blitz with six points apiece, while Von Pessumal added four, including the game-tying three-pointer.
The scoring average of UE’s Clark Derige in the last two games. Out of nowhere, the hard-banging enforcer has become a scoring machine of sorts for the Red Warriors. He put up a career-high 26 points versus UST and followed it up with 17 markers in a defeat to Adamson. He shot a decent 43.2% in those two games, including 5-of-10 from long distance. Prior to his pair of breakout performances, he only averaged 4.6 PPG on 33.3% marksmanship. Watch out for him next season.
The number of double-doubles of NU’s Alfred Aroga and Adamson’s Papi Sarr—the most by any player this season. The fellow Cameroonians have become the most prolific big men this year with their unyielding efforts on both ends, most notably in the rebounding department. Sarr recorded his seventh double-double with a colossal 22 and 20 versus UE, while Aroga punched in a seemingly routine 15 and 17 against UP. They have truly set the bar for the league’s pivots, at least in terms of numbers.