The UST faithful celebrate as their team climbs
to the top of the standings.

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


Team Standings after the first round.
(image by Enzo Flojo/Hoop Nut)

Let the disagreements begin!

1-    Ateneo Blue Eagles: The Blue Eagles had an awful first half against FEU, but more than made up for it with a splendid second half. That’s thanks mainly to their supporting cast (Ryan Buenafe, Juami Tiongson, and JP Erram) stepping up big time. Again, this game exposed how vulnerable the Ateneans can be, but it also showed how they can turn things on at the drop of the hat. And, yes, Buenafe can still take over a game when he wants to. Right now, they just have too many weapons.

2-    UST Growling Tigers: The only reason UST dips in these rankings is because it was quite apparent (at least to this UAAP fan) that they might’ve eased off the gas pedal against Adamson. In other words, it looked like they were complacent. They still won that game, albeit by the skin of their teeth, and are now sitting pretty as #1 in the standings. That might actually be dangerous because, again, complacency has a way of creeping in without one even realizing it. Many have tried comparing this team to the one that bagged the 2006 title, but the main difference is this: the 2006 Tigers worked their way up from the bottom, while this 2012 edition is in the completely opposite end of the spectrum. How will UST play now that they’re atop the standings?

3-    FEU Tamaraws: The Tams lost a really close game against Ateneo. That’s not only in terms of the final score, but also in terms of team efficiency – Ateneo was 72 and FEU was 71. Damn. That could’ve been such a BIG win if they could’ve closed it out. The key was the real RR Garcia actually showing up. If the former MVP can shoot the lights out on a consistent basis, then the Tams should have a great chance to nab one of the twice-to-beat edges come playoff time. And, yeah, I still believe Terrence Romeo shoots too much – he finished with a -1 efficiency rating against Ateneo mainly because of his SIXTEEN misses (14 from the field and 2 from the line).

4-    DLSU Green Archers: Jeron Teng exploded, so did Almond Vosotros, and Norbert Torres continued to battle despite an anemic shooting day. If there’s one thing the Green Archers showed in that double-OT win against NU, it’s this – they are one gritty team. They just won’t quit, and that’s a dangerous sign for the rest of the league. Another dangerous sign? Teng hitting four triples. His shooting coach should get a pay hike soon. If Teng can continue to shoot well from long range, then there might be no stopping him anymore. The only potential pothole is LA Revilla’s status. They need him to be relatively healthy if they want a serious run at the title.

5-    NU Bulldogs: The Bulldogs will forever rue those misses from the free throw line in regulation. Five of those misses were from Season 74 MVP Ray Parks. NU could’ve been tied for third now, but instead they sink to fifth spot. This is certainly below the expectations set by a brilliant summer performance. There are some good signs, though. Troy Rosario seems to be the perfect match-up nightmare for opposing coaches, and Emmanuel Mbe continues to be a top-tier slotman. What Coach Eric Altamirano needs is for the other members of his support crew to be more consistent. Guys like Joeff Javillonar, Gelo Alolino, Mark De Guzman, and Denice Villamor really need to raise their games in the second round.

6-    UP Fighting Maroons: Despite their win-loss slate, the Maroons ought to feel pretty good about themselves right now. They finally got over the hump by beating UE, and they should now be poised to upset a couple of teams in round two. Cris Ball has blossomed to become one solid big man, while Mark Lopez is like a poor man’s Ray Parks, which is a compliment. The enigma that is Mike Silungan, however, continues to be the barometer. Coach Ricky Dandan needs his most explosive scorer to, well, score if the Maroons are going to finish the season strong.

7-    Adamson Soaring Falcons: Their spirited play against the Tigers bump the Falcons up and above the Red Warriors ever so slightly. Rodney Brondial has become one of the best big men in the league, while Eric Camson might have just had the breakout game he needed. Also, Ryan Monteclaro hasn’t proven to be half-bad, especially in terms of three-point shooting. Now if Jericho Cruz can just calm himself down and focus on doing his best Alex Nuyles impersonation.

8-    UE Red Warriors: The Reds lost both Week 6 games by double-digits, and, right now, they look every bit the last-placer that their record suggests. Roi Sumang is a top ten player in this league, and Adrian Santos is as solid a big man as they come, but, somehow, things just don’t click for UE. The missing pieces, I think, are Chris Javier and Pedrito Galanza. Coach Jerry Codiñera needs Javier to be the main low post option, while Galanza should be the designated sniper. Santos can take care of the rebounds and be the last line of defense, while Sumang can just be his recklessly wonderful self. IF that happens, then maybe, just maybe, UE can win a couple of games in the second round. The thing is, it just probably won’t.

Note: For those who are interested to know the team rankings in terms of Simple Efficiency Rating, here they are:

1.National University – 87.6 EFF
2.University of Sto. Tomas – 87.2 EFF
3.Ateneo de Manila University – 85.3 EFF
4.Far Eastern University – 82.1 EFF
5.De La Salle University – 74.8 EFF
6.University of the Philippines – 67.1 EFF
7.Adamson University – 58.8 EFF
8.University of the East – 50.2 EFF

WEEK 6 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)
Karim Abdul (UST) – 19.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg (24.5 EFF)
*If the season ended now, he would be my MVP.

This guy might just be the
Season 75 MVP.

Fantastic 4: (PF)
Eric Camson (AdU) – 16.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg (19.0 EFF)
*Finally, Camson makes his presence felt. Too bad they went 0-2.

Swingin' Swingman: (SF)
Ray Parks (NU) – 35pts, 7rebs, 3 treys, 3asts, 2stls, 2blks (27 EFF)
*Parks retakes his throne as the best swingman outside of the PBA.

Wing Warrior: (SG)
Jeron Teng (DLSU) – 35pts, 6rebs, 4 treys, 2asts (28 EFF)
*He’s not an all-around stat-stuffer, but he makes up for it with unmatched offensive firepower.

Focal Point: (PG)
RR Garcia (FEU) – 21pts, 4asts, 3 treys, 3rebs, (17 EFF)
*He picked a great time to show up. Hopefully, he can stay consistent.

Shock Factor: (most surprising performance -- in a good way)
Troy Rosario (NU) – 14pts, 13rebs, 1ast (17 EFF)
*The former RP-Youth big man is a wonder to watch.

Fresh Prince: (for those in their first playing year)
Troy Rosario (NU) – 14pts, 13rebs, 1ast (17 EFF)
*If he becomes consistent, then watch out world.

Honorable Mention:
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 17pts, 8rebs, 5blks, 3asts (22 EFF)
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 15.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0bpg (17.0 EFF)
Troy Rosario (NU) – 14pts, 13rebs, 1ast (17 EFF)
Mark Lopez (UP) – 10pts, 8rebs, 4asts, 2stls, 1blk (17 EFF)
Jeric Fortuna (UST) – 11.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg (16.5 EFF)

All-Offensive Five: (pts, oreb & ast)
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 17pts, 3orpg, 3apg
Karim Abdul (UST) – 19.5ppg, 4.0orpg, 2.0apg
Ray Parks (NU) – 35pts, 3asts, 3 treys, 2orebs
Jeron Teng (DLSU) – 35pts, 4 treys, 2asts, 1oreb
Roi Sumang (UE) – 18.0ppg, 5.0apg

All-Defensive Five: (dreb, stl & blk)
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 5drebs, 5blks
Karim Abdul (UST) – 8.0drpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg
Eric Camson (AdU) – 7.5drpg, 1.0bpg
Ray Parks (NU) – 5drebs, 2stls, 2blks
Mark Lopez (UP) – 6drebs, 2stls, 1blk

UAAP SEASON 75 STAT LEADERS (as of August 20, 2012)
Top Scorers:
Ray Parks (NU) – 20.7
Karim Abdul (UST) – 17.6
Jeron Teng (DLSU) – 16.7
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 16.7
Roi Sumang (UE) – 16.6

Top Rebounders
Karim Abdul (UST) – 13.6
Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 10.6
Norbert Torres (DLSU) – 9.9
Adrian Santos (UE) – 9.7
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 9.0

Top Playmakers
Ray Parks (NU) – 5.0
Jeric Fortuna (UST) – 5.0
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 4.3
RR Garcia (FEU) – 3.9
Two tied with 3.8

Top Thieves
Ray Parks (NU) – 1.9
Mark Lopez (UP) – 1.7
Alvin Padilla (UP) – 1.7
Roi Sumang (UE) – 1.7
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 1.7

Top Rejectors
Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 2.9
Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 2.3
Yutien Andrada (DLSU) – 1.9
Norbert Torres (DLSU) – 1.7
Anthony Hargrove (FEU) – 1.7

Top FG% (at least 12 FGM)
Jelo Montecastro (UP) – 53.1%
Mark Belo (FEU) – 52.2%
Cris Ball (UP) – 52.1%
Jovet Mendoza (DLSU) – 52.0%
Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 51.5%

Jelo Montecastro leads the whole league
in field goal shooting.

Top 3PT% (at least 7 3PTM)
Jeric Teng (UST) – 48.0%
Ryan Monteclaro (AdU) – 43.8%
Henry Asilum (UP) – 38.9%
Allen Etrone (AdU) – 36.8%
Two tied with 33.3%

Top FT% (at least 10 FTM)
Nico Salva (AdMU) – 90.9%
Jeric Fortuna (UST) – 87.5%
Roi Sumang (UE) – 82.1%
Jett Manuel (UP) – 81.3%
Kiefer Ravena (AdMU) – 78.7%

Top 20 Players in terms of Simple Efficiency Rating (calculated per game)
1.    Karim Abdul (UST) – 22.7 EFF
2.    Ray Parks (NU) – 20.7 EFF
3.    Greg Slaughter (AdMU) – 19.3 EFF
4.    Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 17.0 EFF
5.    Rodney Brondial (AdU) – 15.6 EFF
6.    Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 14.9 EFF
7.    Nico Salva (AdMU) – 14.1 EFF
8.    Roi Sumang (UE) – 14.1 EFF
9.    Jeron Teng (DLSU) – 13.1 EFF
10. Yutien Andrada (DLSU) – 12.7 EFF
11. Kiefer Ravena (AdMU) – 12.1 EFF
12. Mark Lopez (UP) – 12.1 EFF
13. Eric Camson (AdU) – 12.0 EFF
14. Norbert Torres (DLSU) – 12.0 EFF
15. Jeric Fortuna (UST) – 12.0 EFF
16. Adrian Santos (UE) – 11.9 EFF
17. Anthony Hargrove (FEU) – 11.4 EFF
18. Mike Silungan (UP) – 11.1 EFF
19. Jeoff Javillonar (NU) – 10.9 EFF
20. Juami Tiongson (AdMU) – 10.8 EFF

Both Terrence Romeo and Kiefer Ravena are in the UAAP's
Top Twenty in terms of Simple Efficiency.

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