Terrence Romeo and the Tams continue their unbeaten
run in Season 75 of the UAAP.

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

(image made by Enzo Flojo/Hoop Nut)

Let the disagreements begin!

1-    UST Growling Tigers: Another week, another amazing come-from-behind win for Coach Pido’s Tigers. They’re at solo third now, but nobody can deny that, after defeating Ateneo in Week 2 and NU this past week, UST is the most confident team out there. What’s great about them is their defense. UST is the third-best team in forcing turnovers, converting these into 18 points per game, which is tops in the league. They play a fast-paced, high-scoring game, but they want it that way, and, currently, they’re the best at it. They have another big test against DLSU on Saturday.

2-    Ateneo Blue Eagles: The 10-point spread against the Archers can be misleading. It was by no means an easy win, especially since La Salle repeatedly woke up after falling behind by significant margins. Still, netting two straight victories after the UST loss augurs well for Coach Norman Black as they can potentially go even higher after facing UP & UE this week.

3-    FEU Tamaraws: It’s probably an injustice that, despite topping the standings at 4-0, the Tams are behind Ateneo and UST in these rankings, but consider this: they haven’t played Ateneo and NU just yet. Those are two games that are going to be plenty tough for Coach Bert Flores’s crew, especially since they’re next-to-last in rebounding and dead last in steals. The Morayta quintet will need to do both things well if they want to beat NU on Thursday and UP on Sunday.

4-    DLSU Green Archers: The Archers went 0-1 in Week 3, but it was a defeat decided mainly in the waning moments. DLSU is tied with FEU as the best defensive team so far, and they lead the league in rebounds per outing. Thanks to Jun Limpot, it looks like the bigs have really improved for Gang Green. The problem is the backcourt. LA Revilla alone cannot make up for the fact La Salle is last in perimeter points, and they’re shooting just 21% from three. Also, only the Falcons are faring worse from the free throw line. UST is up next, and the Taft squad better get its act together soon.

5-    NU Bulldogs: Yes, the Bulldogs have an even slate, but look at the teams they’ve beaten – UE & UP – and the teams to whom they've lost – UST & Ateneo. For NU to be considered a serious title contender, they have to beat the teams who actually enjoy that same label. Some significant points for improvement are FT shooting (60%) and bench scoring (only UE & UST are worse). FEU on Thursday and Adamson on Sunday should really make Week 4 a tough gauntlet for Coach Eric Altamirano’s wards.

6-    Adamson Soaring Falcons: Finally, a win for Adamson. It was a close shave, however, and they would do well to learn their lessons. This is just not the same team that was so scary in the past two seasons. Jericho Cruz broke out, but he has yet to prove if he can produce big numbers consistently. Ditto for Eric Camson and Alex Nuyles. So far, only Rodney Brondial has been a constant strength for Leo Austria. If the Falcons aren’t careful, the Bulldogs will be all too happy to inflict Adamson’s third loss in Week 4.

7-    UP Fighting Maroons: An almost-win against the Falcons makes the Maroons a shade better than UE. It’s almost a complete duplicate of what happened against DLSU in Week 1. Clearly, nobody can take this Diliman five for granted, but nobody will be losing any sleep because of them as well. Not when the Maroons are dead last in rebounds and 3-point shooting, and not when they’re near-bottom in scoring and field goal percentage. The critical thing, though, is execution. Had they executed a bit better in Week 1 and this past week, they would’ve been at 2-1 instead of 0-3. Things continue to look bleak against the Eagles on Thursday and Tamaraws on Sunday.

8-    UE Red Warriors: Nobody is worse than UE after Week 3. Then again, that’s probably because they haven’t faced UP yet. Still, the Warriors just haven’t been able to put a scare into any team for a WHOLE game. The average point differential for the Recto Reds is a depressing minus 23.0ppg. This means the norm for this team is a blowout loss. Ouch. And who’s next? The Ateneo Blue Eagles. Yelp.

WEEK 3 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)
Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 15.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.5bpg (24.0 EFF)
*Mbe bounced back strong and rediscovered his efficient self in Week 3.

Fantastic 4: (PF)
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 10.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.0bpg, 2.0apg (21.5 EFF)
*Brondial is a natural 4 playing at the 5 slot for Adamson, so forgive me for this concession. Also, he blocked THREE per game this week.

Swingin' Swingman: (SF)
Ray Parks (NU) – 21.5ppg, 5.0apg, 4.0rpg, 2.0spg, 1.5bpg, 46% 3pt shooting (20.0 EFF)
*The BEST player in the league is not in the best team (so far).

Ray Parks continued to fill up the stat-sheet
despite a tough week for the Bulldogs.

Wing Warrior: (SG)
Jeric Teng (UST) – 21pts, 11rebs, 3 treys (21.0 EFF)
*Teng canceled out Parks, and then some, in UST’s big win.

Focal Point: (PG)
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 21.0ppg, 7.0apg, 6.5rpg, 1.5spg (27.5 EFF)
*Not really a pure PG, but, hey, he was easily the best of Week 3.

Shock Factor: (most surprising performance -- in a good way)
Chris Javier (UE) – 20pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 1blk (21.0 EFF)
*It was Javier, not Adrian Santos, who held the fort down low for UE in Week 3.

Fresh Prince: (for those in their first playing year)
Jericho Cruz (AdU) – 13.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0spg, 1.5apg (14.0 EFF)
*His big breakout game against UP padded the newbie’s stats.

Honorable Mention:
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 20pts, 7rebs, 1ast, 1blk (20.0 EFF)
Karim Abdul (UST) – 11pts, 15rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 2blks (19.0 EFF)
LA Revilla (DLSU) – 16pts, 7asts, 5rebs, 1stl (17.0 EFF)
Roi Sumang (UE) – 16pts, 6rebs, 1ast, 1stl (15.0 EFF)
RR Garcia (FEU) – 15.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg, 45% 3pt shooting (14.5 EFF)

All-Offensive Five: (pts, oreb & ast)
Chris Javier (UE) – 20pts, 6orebs, 2asts
Ray Parks (NU) – 21.5ppg, 5.0apg, 1.5orpg
Jeric Teng (UST) – 21pts, 6orebs
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 21.0ppg, 7.0apg, 1.0orpg
LA Revilla (DLSU) – 16pts, 7asts, 1oreb

All-Defensive Five: (dreb, stl & blk)
Karim Abdul (UST) – 7drebs, 2stls, 2blks
Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 8.5drpg, 1.5bpg
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 11.0drpg, 3.0bpg
Ray Parks (NU) – 2.5drpg, 2.0spg, 1.5bpg
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 5.5drpg, 1.5spg

UAAP SEASON 75 STAT LEADERS (as of July 30, 2012)
Top Scorers:
Ray Parks (NU) – 20.3
Roi Sumang (UE) – 19.0
Jeric Teng (UST) – 18.3
Nico Salva (AdMU) – 17.0
Karim Abdul (UST) – 16.3

Top Rebounders
Karim Abdul (UST) – 12.0
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 10.7
Adrian Santos (UE) – 9.7
Aljon Mariano (UST) – 9.0
Three tied with 8.75

Karim Abdul leads the league in
rebounds per game.

Top Playmakers
LA Revilla (DLSU) – 6.0
Gelo Alolino (NU) – 5.3
Four tied with 5.0

Top Thieves
Mark Lopez (UP) – 2.3
Ray Parks (NU) – 2.3
Karim Abdul (UST) – 2.0
Alvin Padilla (UP) – 2.0
Three tied with 1.7

Top Rejectors
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 2.8
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 2.3
Four tied with 1.8

Top FG% (at least 6 FGA)
Gryann Mendoza (FEU) – 83%
Jul-Ashri Ignacio (NU) – 63%
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 58%
Oping Sumalinog (AdMU) – 57%
Anthony Hargrove (FEU) – 54%

Top 3PT% (at least 3 3PTA)
Juami Tiongson (AdMU) – 75%
Roi Sumang (UE) – 53%
Jeric Teng (UST) – 53%
RR Garcia (FEU) – 48%
Mark Olayon (UE) – 40%

Top FT% (at least 6 FTA)
Aljon Mariano (UST) – 100%
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 92%
Roi Sumang (UE) – 90%
Jett Manuel (UP) – 88%
Nico Salva (AdMU) – 88%

*All images are by RIchard Esguerra and Arvin Lim/

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