UAAP By the Numbers: Katipunan takeover
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 10, 2016 08:09 PM
It took seven years for UP to beat Ateneo. SEVEN YEARS.
For years, only one school has dominated the Battle for Katipunan.
That all changed this past week in the UAAP as the team wearing Maroon finally won a fight from their high-flying neighbors.
Speaking of high-flying, a hulking Cameroonian has been terrorizing the skies this year, but it's all good though, you can't deny getting excited every time he takes off for that thunderous jam.
Exciting even for the haters.
But enough of all that talk, let's get straight to this week's UAAP Season 79 By the Numbers.
Number of years it took UP to finally beat Ateneo in the UAAP men's basketball tournament.
The Maroons scored a 56-52 win over the Blue Eagles Sunday, taking the Battle of Katipunan for the first time after 14 tries.
The last time UP won over Ateneo was back in 2009 when the Maroons picked up a 68-58 victory.
Number of game-winners in the UAAP this past week.
Gelo Vito made the first Saturday as he buried a corner triple with less than a minute to go to preserve UP's 56-52 win.
FEU's Monbert Arong did one better a day later as the new no. 12 for the Tamaraws faked Alfred Aroga out of his shoes before winning it all for the defending champions, 57-56, with 3.7 seconds to go.
Number of Green Archers in the top three in terms of scoring after round 1.
Ben Mbala leads the pack with 20.7 points per game followed by Jeron Teng at third, scoring 16.3 per outing.
UP's Paul Desiderio is at no. 2 with 17.6 points per game.
Number of rivals Ben Mbala has for the MVP award.
The Camerooninan beast is so far ahead in the MVP race after the first round that we might as well hand him the trophy.
Mbala garnered 95.2857 statistical points after round 1. His closest rival? Adamson's Papi Sarr with 71.4286 SPs.
Number of dunks by Mbala, almost half of the entire UAAP so far.
Big Ben has been punishing the rim lately, going for one life-changing dunk after another.
The entire Green Archers team actually looks like they have bad blood with the rim.
Out of the 23 dunks in the UAAP so far this year, 14 came from DLSU. Of course, 10 were courtesy of Mbala.