Ray Parks and the Bulldogs top our Power Rankings for
Week 1 of UAAP Season 75.

*Each weekly review contains updated Team Standings, Team Power Rankings, Player Awards, and Statistical Leaders.


(image by Enzo Flojo/HoopNut)

1-    NU Bulldogs: The Bulldogs’ opening day win over the Warriors was nothing short of spectacular. Ray Parks wowed with all-around awesomeness, but it was the play of Jeoff Javillonar, Mark De Guzman, and Gelo Alolino, as well as the surprise revelation of Troy Rosario, that really left people in awe. Such firepower. Such reckless abandon. And, yeah, all that carnage with Emmanuel Mbe playing just 14 minutes. They’ll be tested against Ateneo next in what might be a preview of a potential Final Four (or Finals?) match-up.

2-    Ateneo Blue Eagles: Ateneo, again, had a tough time shaking off Adamson. They squandered their fast 10-2 start and let the Falcons frolic with redundant drive-&-drop plays until some shock troopers restored order. The Ateneans did showcase their depth as Adamson lost steam in the final frame, but the Eagles can ill afford slow starts against their next two assignments – UST and NU.

3-    DLSU Green Archers: What could have been a disastrous endgame collapse showcased the mettle of prized frosh Jeron Teng. Teng more than made up for his three straight missed freebies by burying the marginal basket off a Chris Ball foul and canning the bonus. He’s going to be an impact player this year, and, likewise, La Salle will be an impact team in Season 75. The next teams who’ll feel the impact? UE on Thursday and FEU on Sunday.

4-    UST Growling Tigers: I think UST was the better team overall against FEU. They showcased a new-&-improved Karim Abdul, and a rejuvenated Jeric Teng. Aljon Mariano, however, had a tough time in his first UAAP game back from his hiatus, scoring just 10 points on 5-of-12 FG shooting. The thing holding UST back is the same thing that has been holding them back in the past few seasons – mental breakdowns. That goaltend by Ferrer? Yikes. Burning all but one timeout before the fourth period? Yikes. The Eagles and Maroons will be all too happy to pounce in Week 2.

5-    FEU Tamaraws: They can thank UST for handing them that win. It was UST’s to lose, and boy did they lose. That’s not to say FEU wasn’t great. Well, they really weren’t THAT great, but they still played well enough to put themselves in a position to win at the end. That’s really thanks to the efficient play of both RR Garcia and Anthony Hargrove. Terrence Romeo was okay with 13 points, but his FIFTEEN missed shots made him look a little silly (just a little). In contrast, former blue-chipper Arvie Bringas had only 3 attempts. Share the ball Terrence, you’re not the best player on this team (yet). The new-look Archers are up next for the Morayta five.

Mr. Romeo, you're good, but you aren't the
King Tamaraw just yet.

6-    UP Fighting Maroons: For all the dark blots in UP’s recent basketball history, the Maroons were still able to stay competitive in Week 1. They came back strong and nearly upended the heavily-favored Archers despite rookie PG Henry Asilum showing he’s more Allen Iverson than Steve Nash, and newbie big Raul Soyud maybe believing a little too much in all fifteen of his shot attempts. These two guys should realize this is still Mike Silungan’s team, and they go where he goes. Case in point: Silungan contributed in two crucial turnovers in the last minute that directly led to the loss. Look for him to try and redeem himself against the Tigers on Saturday.

7-    Adamson Soaring Falcons: Alex Nuyles, Eric Camson, and Rodney Brondial can take the Falcons only so far. Against Ateneo, it was only as far as the third period as all three main men played at least 30 minutes. What does that mean? It confirms the fears of Adamson’s fans – that they are really not deep at all. Jericho Cruz wasn’t much of a factor with just 4 points, 3 turnovers, and 5 fouls, while Roider Cabrera shot just 3-of-10 from the floor. Coach Leo Austria needs to find someone to really break out this season, and he better do it fast or the Red Warriors might just pull one over them on Saturday.

8-    UE Red Warriors: For the first ten minutes, it looked as if the Warriors might actually give the Bulldogs a run for their money. NU figured out the Roi Sumang conundrum, though, and that effectively shut down any potential resistance from the Recto side. It’s crystal clear that coach Jerry Codiñera’s wards will have another really tough season, but they might still pull off a few surprises here and there. The next two teams UE is hoping to surprise? De La Salle and Adamson.

WEEK 1 PLAYER AWARDS (based on Simple Efficiency Rating unless otherwise specified)
Simple Efficiency Rating (EFF) = (pts+reb+ast+stl+blk) - (fg missed+ft missed+to)

By Position:
Center of Attention: (C)
Norbert Torres (DLSU) - 16pts, 14rebs, 3asts, 3blks, 1stl (28 EFF)
*Coach Abanilla seems to be utilizing Torres the way he should be utilized.

Fantastic 4: (PF)
Jeoff Javillonar (NU) - 19pts, 11rebs, 3asts, 2 treys, 1stl, 1blk (23 EF)
*Javillonar really took advantage of the time Mbe wasn't on the floor.

Swingin' Swingman: (SF)
Ray Parks (NU) - 16pts, 6rebs, 6asts, 4stls, 3blks, 2 treys (26 EFF)
*Great start to what might be another MVP season.

Wing Warrior: (SG)
RR Garcia (FEU) - 21pts, 7asts, grebes, 4/4 3pt shooting (26 EFF)
*Yes, RR starts at PG, but he plays SG at times, right? Besides, if we put RR at PG, then we wouldn't be able to name...

Focal Point: (PG)
LA Revilla (DLSU) - 15pts, 11rebs, 7asts, 2stls (21 EFF)
*How can a 5'7"-5'8" guy grab 11 rebounds in the UAAP?!?! Tell me. Now.

LA Revilla outdid himself as DLSU escaped the
upset axe against UP.

Shock Factor: (most surprising performance --  in a good way)
Jeoff Javillonar (NU) - 19pts, 11rebs, 3asts, 2 treys, 1stl, 1blk (23 EFF)
*Javillonar was always pretty good, but 19 and 11 with both Mbe and Parks on the team? WOW.

Fresh Prince: (for those in their first playing year)
Anthony Hargrove (FEU) - 14pts, 14rebs, 3blks, 2asts (20 EFF)
*He's no Aldrech Ramos, but Hargrove does ease out the feeling of a donut hole for the Tamaraws.

Honorable Mention:
Karim Abdul (UST) - 24pts, 16rebs, 2stls, 1ast (26 EFF)
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) - 17pts, 10rebs, 4blks (22 EFF)
Mike Silungan (UP) - 18pts, 5rebs, 2 treys, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk (18 EFF)
Gelo Alolino (NU) - 12pts, 7asts, 2rebs, 1stl (18 EFF)
Rodney Brondial (AdU) - 13pts, 10rebs, 1stl, 1blk (18 EFF)

All-Offensive Five: (pts, oreb & ast)
Karim Abdul (UST) - 24pts, 8orebs 1ast
Norbert Torres (DLSU) - 16pts, 6orebs, 3asts
Ray Parks (NU) - 16pts, 6asts, 1oreb
RR Garcia (FEU) - 21pts, 7asts, 1oreb
Roi Sumang (UE) - 21pts, 3asts

All-Defensive Five: (dreb, stl & blk)
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) - 10drebs, 4blks
Anthony Hargrove (FEU) - 10drebs, 3blks
Ray Parks (NU) - 5drebs, 4stls, 3blks
Roi Sumang (UE) - 5drebs, 4stls
LA Revilla (DLSU) - 11drebs, 2stls

UAAP SEASON 75 STAT LEADERS (as of July 16, 2012)
Top 5 Scorers:
Karim Abdul (UST) - 24
Roi Sumang (UE) & RR Garcia (FEU) - 21
Jeoff Javillonar (NU) - 19
Jeric Teng (UST) & Mike Silungan (UP) - 18

Karim Abdul was the best point-getter in Week 1.
Too bad it was all for naught against FEU.

Top 5 Rebounders
Karim Abdul (UST) - 16
Norbert Torres (DLSU) & Anthony Hargrove (FEU) - 14
Eric Camson (AdU) - 12

Top 5 Playmakers
LA Revilla (DLSU), RR Garcia (FEU), Juami Tiongson (AdMU), & Gelo Alolino (NU) - 7
Ray Parks (NU) & Jeric Fortuna (UST) - 6

Top 5 Thieves
Ray Parks (NU) & Roi Sumang (UE) - 4
Mark De Guzman (NU) & Mark Lopez (UP) - 3

Top 5 Rejectors
Henri Betayene (NU) & Greg Slaughter (AdMU) - 4
Too many with 3!!!

Top 5 FG% (at least 4 FGA)
Luigi Dela Paz (DLSU) – 80.0%
Jovet Mendoza (DLSU) – 75.0%
RR Garcia (FEU) – 72.7%
Yutien Andrada (DLSU) – 66.7%
Gelo Alolino (NU) – 62.5%

Top 5 3PT% (at least 2 3PTA)
RR Garcia (FEU) – 100.0%
Jeric Teng (UST) – 66.7%
Roi Sumang (UE) – 60.0%
Troy Rosario (NU), Cedrick Labing-isa (NU) & Clark Bautista (UST) – 50.0%

Top 5 FT% (at least 2 FTA)
Jeric Teng (UST), Ray Parks (NU), Pedrito Galanza (UE), Mike Silungan (UP), & Henry Asilum (UP) – 100.0%

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