UAAP Power Rankings: Week 11
Paolo Mariano on Nov 17, 2015 07:44 PM
PEAKING. Gelo Alolino is playing his best basketball of the season just as NU is playing their best basketball of the season.
With twice-to-beat incentives and Final Four berths on the line, a slew of players left their frailties at the door and came up big for their respective squads. A pair of graduating players waxed hot during winning time, while two fast-emerging sophomores continued their fantastic showings as of late.
As the way it should be, the league’s elite came to the forefront with the elimination round hastening to a frenetic finish. Only one playing date is left before the much-awaited post-season commences so expect nothing but fireworks.
Honorable mentions go to Chris Javier, Jeron Teng, Louie Vigil, and Kiefer Ravena.
1. Gelo Alolino – NU
Win vs. FEU: 20 Pts, 4 Rebs, 3 Asts
Last week: No. 4
The clever playmaker leaped all the way to top of the list after a heroic effort in an especially important game for the Bulldogs. He scored a team-high 20 points, 15 coming in the second half, to pump new life to their flat-lining post-season hopes. He assumed responsibility in crunch time and displayed the sense of urgency NU badly needed. He was a picture of poise, rallying and steadying his teammates. With his UAAP career approaching its end, Alolino won’t just go down without swinging.
2. Prince Rivero – La Salle
Win vs. UP: 18 Pts, 16 Rebs, 3 Asts
Making his Power Rankings season debut is the 20-year-old Rivero. With the Green Archers also in a cliffhanger to advance to the Final Four, the wide-bodied sophomore delivered a huge double-double performance. His 16 rebounds are the most by a non-import this season. Despite being undersized at the center spot, he outplayed his taller counterparts with his fantastic off-the-ball movements and composure in the paint. He has a cerebral feel for the game and will definitely be a force to be reckoned with next season.
3. Kevin Ferrer – UST
Win vs. Adamson: 25 Pts, 4-of-8 3FGs, 10 Rebs
What a way for Ferrer to end a fantastic elimination round as he registered another impressive double-double. After a lackluster first half with only six points, he turned on the switch in the final two quarters. At the start of the third period, he strung up 12 straight points, including three consecutive three-pointers to break open what was a closely fought game against the proud Soaring Falcons. It’s clear as day that when the multitalented forward is locked in, the Growling Tigers can go places.
4. Alfred Aroga – NU
Win vs. FEU: 16 Pts, 12 Rebs, 2 Blks
Just like his partner, Aroga won’t simply allow their season to end on a whimper. He provided the energy for the Bulldogs right from the onset, pumping 12 points in the first half and anchoring their stiff interior defense. He was held scoreless in the third quarter but made two important baskets and a key rejection in the payoff period to help stave off the vaunted Tamaraws. He tallied his eighth double-double of the season to tie Papi Sarr for the most by any player.
5. Clark Derige – UE
Win vs. Ateneo: 17 Pts, 5-of-10 FGs, 5 Rebs
Last week: No. 5
For the third straight game, the erstwhile anonymous forward top-scored for the Red Warriors. He once again displayed his array of moves and didn’t shy away from the physical play of Ponso Gotladera and Chibueze Ikeh. He also sank four cold-blooded charities in the final minute, including the pair that sealed the upset win for the Recto-based squad. He averaged 20 PPG in their last three games, proving that he’s ready to take over the UE frontline now that Javier has bid the UAAP goodbye.