Teng takes over in UAAP 79 Week 2 Dream Team

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2016 08:11 PM
Teng takes over in UAAP 79 Week 2 Dream Team
MY TURN. Jeron Teng replaced fellow DLSU Green Archer Ben Mbala at the forefront of this week's Dream Team.

Week 2 is over and done with in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And after two weeks, players have already begun capturing our hearts and our minds. True to this year’s theme of “Dare to Dream,” we bring you our Week 2 Dream Team.

FRONTCOURT

Jeron Teng, De La Salle University

DLSU is the only undefeated team in the tournament – and it wouldn’t have been that way if not for their graduating floor leader.

Firing eight of his 23 points in the last seven minutes, Jeron Teng came through in the clutch anew to tow the Green Archers through the tough test brought by NU. This, on the heels of an all-around 13-point, five-rebound, two-assist, and two-steal performance against UST three days earlier.

This early in the season, the MVP race has two frontrunners hailing from Taft Avenue – and for this week, at least, there is no doubt that Teng is one-up over his teammate.

Ben Mbala, De La Salle University

Jeron Teng was the hero in the victory versus NU, but Ben Mbala was the week’s most consistent Green Archer, averaging a 17-point, 15.5-rebound double-double.

There weren’t as many highlights as his eye-popping debut week, but the hulking Cameroonian remained a force for DLSU even up against Trupro Afoakwah and Alfred Aroga.

Mbala’s not that far behind his teammate in the early race for MVP and it wouldn’t be surprising if he powers through all the way to the very front next week.

Raymar Jose, Far Eastern University

Raymar Jose is the first local since Rodney Brondial to haul in more than 20 rebounds – and according to his coach, he could do so each and every game.

FEU’s veteran pillar collared 22 rebounds to go along with 11 points to fuel his team to a much-needed bounce back win. The power performance was more than enough to make up for their loss a week earlier despite his 16 points.

With names like Ben Mbala and Alfred Aroga hogging all the headlines regarding big men, we should never forget that arguably the most tireless worker of them all is a full-blooded Filipino.

BACKCOURT

Robbie Manalang, Adamson University

While the “magical shot” that felled Ateneo came from the hands of Dawn Ochea, it wouldn’t have even had a chance to make some magic happen if Robbie Manalang didn’t prove his clutch credentials in the endgame.

The ever-steady rookie poured in 10 of his 15 points in the last 10 minutes to lead Adamson’s comeback from 10 points behind.

The Soaring Falcons have long been searching for their next court general and game-by-game, it’s looking more and more like they have finally found the one in Manalang.

Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson University

Franz Pumaren’s Adamson is undoubtedly a new and improved team from the Soaring Falcons we have been seeing in the past years. At the forefront of it all are Robbie Manalang and Jerrick Ahanmisi.

Ahanmisi stayed on-point from his red-hot first week and scored 13 points to help Adamson get the better of Ateneo.

This, coupled with solid defense on Adrian Wong especially in the endgame made sure the Filipino-Nigerian stayed on our list.

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