UAAP Power Rankings: Week 12
Paolo Mariano on Nov 24, 2015 01:49 PM
For the second straight year, Mac Belo propelled the Tamaraws to the finals after making the game-winning put-back against the Blue Eagles last Saturday.
The first edition of this year’s Power Rankings saw players from FEU and UST dominate the list with rousing opening week performances. In this final edition, quite poetically, the theme repeated itself.
Three guys from the Tamaraws and the Growling Tigers occupied the top spots with dauntless efforts in the Final Four. They rolled up their sleeves and simply went to work, knowing that colossal stakes were on the line. Now that they’re in the ultimate round, expect nothing less from them, especially since they’re all in their final tour of duty. No let up. No surrender.
A slew of honorable mentions go to Adrian Wong, Chris Javier, Paul Varilla, Paolo Javelona, Jeron Teng, Prince Rivero, and Paul Desiderio.
1. Mac Belo – FEU
Wins vs. La Salle and Ateneo: 12.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG
The choice is as easy as making an unmolested layup. For the second straight year, the graduating forward propelled the Tamaraws to the finals after making the game-winning put-back against the Blue Eagles last Saturday. He kept playing and hustling literally until the final buzzer sounded. He finished with 15 points, seven coming in the payoff period, a game-high nine rebounds, and two blocks. The North Cotabato native also made valuable contributions in limited minutes in their final elimination round tiff with the Green Archers.
2. Louie Vigil – UST
Win vs. NU: 19 Pts, 11 Rebs, 7 Asts
Talk about stepping to the plate. The versatile wingman showed he can do so much more than score as he put up across-the-board numbers versus the Bulldogs. He tried his career-high in points and registered new ones in rebounds and assists. What a time for him to deliver his finest game in the UAAP as he spearheaded the Growling Tigers’ march to the Last Dance. Many forget that Vigil’s a former NCAA Juniors MVP so he surely can play with the best of the lot.
3. Roger Pogoy – FEU
Win vs. La Salle and Ateneo: 13.5 PPG, 2.5 3FGs, 3.0 RPG
Belo’s game-winner wouldn’t be possible without the late-game heroics of Pogoy. The sweet-shooting veteran from Cebu tied the contest in the last minute with a gutsy three-pointer and made the game’s biggest defensive stop. He scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the final two quarters to keep Ateneo at bay. The Gilas Cadets reserve also starred for the Tamaraws in their clash with La Salle, firing all of his 11 points in consecutive fashion late in the fourth salvo to salvage the win.
4. Clark Derige - UE
Win vs. UP: 18 Pts, 50 FG%, 12 Rebs
Last week: No. 5
The Red Warriors’ future is definitely in good hands with the hard-banging Derige. The sophomore forward will fill the gaping hole left by Javier. He scored at least 17 points for the fourth straight game, while caroming a career-best 12 rebounds. In their last four games, he put up 19.5 PPG and 8.2 RPG, a striking leap from his paltry 4.6 and 4.4 numbers in their first 10 outings. He is the only player this season to make the Power Rankings for three consecutive weeks.
5. Kiefer Ravena – Ateneo
Loss vs. FEU: 25 Pts, 3 Rebs, 2 Asts
His swan song may have ended on a sour note, but Ravena’s valiant efforts wouldn’t go unnoticed. The back-to-back MVP scattered eight of his game-high 25 markers in the fourth quarter including the Blue Eagles’ last five points. Without his timely baskets throughout the game, FEU could’ve broken the game wide open. He battled hard against the Tams’ revolving door of defenders, beating them with his array of moves and court smarts. The UAAP will be hard-pressed to find a deserving successor of “The Phenom.”