UAAP Power Rankings: Week 10
Paolo Mariano on Nov 10, 2015 10:09 AM
Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena has scattered all-around numbers in back-to-back wins during the past week, putting the Blue Eagles in position for one of the twice-to-beat incentives.
None of the players from the last edition are back in this week’s Power Rankings. It’s an indication that there are a slew of guys who can get tough whenever the going gets rough. Three familiar names, however, returned to the Top 5 after missing the bus the last time out. They all led their respective squads to significant wins with the elimination round winding up fast.
It’s clear that some players are playing harder and with a deeper sense of urgency compared to their previous outings. It’s that extra switch of motivation that propels teams to the so-called Promised Land.
Honorable mentions go to Adrian Wong, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Mario Bonleon, Alfred Aroga, and Prince Rivero.
1. Kiefer Ravena – Ateneo
Wins vs. UP and La Salle: 15.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG
The Blue Eagles stretched their winning streak to five after notching two more wins. At the forefront of those victories was Ravena, who once again scattered all-around numbers. His stats may not be as remarkable as the other players but he made huge contributions in a pair of high-stake games. “The Phenom” also led Ateneo’s pivotal third quarter run against the Green Archers, scoring six of his 15 points. With the Ws, the Katipunan-based squad strengthened its odds of snatching one of the twice-to-beat incentives.
2. Papi Sarr – Adamson
Win vs. UE: 22 Pts, 20 Rebs, 1 Stl
Putting up a monster double-double has become habitual for Sarr, who has improved leaps and bounds in a short span of time. What’s impressive about it is he does it with relative ease. He looks like he can play for eight straight quarters. He imposed his power and manhandled the Red Warriors in the shaded lane. He was also steady from the stripe, missing only two of his 10 attempts. It’s scary to think that his midrange game can still improve in the coming years.
3. Karim Abdul – UST
Loss vs. UE and win vs. FEU: 24.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.0 APG
Speaking of imposing his will, Abdul carried the Growling Tigers anew with his might and competitiveness. He averaged a double-double last week, putting up 25 and 15 in a losing effort to UE and top-scoring with a game-high 23 points in their devouring of the Tamaraws. He may have slowed down but he refuses to back down. It’s hard to imagine UST without the hard-playing Cameroonian that’s why it would be a poetic conclusion if he wins a title before leaving the walls of España.
4. Clark Derige – UE
Win vs. UST and loss vs. Adamson: 21.5 PPG, 2.5 3FGs, 8.0 RPG
Like a weak-side swat, Derige came out of nowhere to deliver back-to-back breakout performances. He set a career-high of 26 points versus the Growling Tigers and delivered an encore of 17 markers versus the Soaring Falcons. Plus, he did it while matched up against Abdul and Sarr, two of the most intimidating forces in the league. The second-year slotman from unknown Quirino State University showed he has a good outside, hitting five three-pointers last week. The Red Warriors has found a diamond in the rough.
5. Gelo Alolino – NU
Win vs. UP: 26 Pts, 10 Rebs, 3 Asts
Surprisingly, this is only the first time this season that Alolino made it to the Top 5. But what a way to make his presence felt as he tallied a new career-high of 26 points on top of 10 rebounds—his third double-double in the UAAP. More importantly, he kept the Bulldogs’ flickering Final Four hopes alive with a triumph over the Fighting Maroons. He also bounced back from a dismal 3-of-15 showing against La Salle. Expect him to bark louder in their remaining battles.