POWER TEN (DECEMBER 10, 2007)

December 10, 2007 by  

POWER TEN (DECEMBER 10, 2007)

Two weeks ago, it was a Miller-Belasco battle for the top spot. Then what happened afterwards?

ARWIND… UNSTOPPABLE… SANTOS.

PLUG IT: In the following days I’m going to rehash my annual PBA XMAS RUMBLE. It’s kind of a Royal Rumble like match where PBA players battle it out instead of wrestlers. Last year, Mark Caguioa won against Marlou Aquino. I wonder how will I script this a week from now?

Anyway, Rodney Santos returned to the Ginebra fold which makes Gary David, Dorian Pena, and Noy Castillo the only other big names that have yet to play in this conference.

Just a thought: So is Peter June Simon’s moniker now “The Double Apostle”?

So has Quinito Henson begun another round of nickname hunting?

READ ON!

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

25. MACMAC CARDONA/ TNT PHONEPALS (2 WEEKS AGO: 24)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 14.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.3 APG

TNT’s leading scorer is their sixth man. Makes you wonder how the Phonepals could fare had him and Ritualo weren’t sharing minutes.

24. NINO CANALETA/ AIR21 EXPRESS (2 WEEKS AGO: 19)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 14.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.0 APG

KG’s scoring suffered when Ranidel and Wynne started playing well. However, Bo Perasol wouldn’t mind shelving this jammer if he keeps on shooting those ill-deviced long balls.

23. JEFF CARIASO/ ALASKA ACES (2 WEEKS AGO: 25)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 12.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.7 APG

He’s old. So what? Yap, Caguioa and the rest of the young slashers in the league should learn from his work ethic. You can’t pull this old dog down… seriously.

22. WYNNE ARBOLEDA/ AIR21 EXPRESS (2 WEEKS AGO: 21)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 11.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.3 SPG

The Snatcher is still shot-crazy but at least he’s also pulling up great numbers from his boards, swipes, and dimes.

21. MIKE CORTEZ/ ALASKA ACES (2 WEEKS AGO: 20)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 13.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.3 SPG

Consistency has a price. This is perhaps the lone reason why the Cool Cat is a fixture in the 19-21st slot in the rankings.

20. RICO VILLANUEVA/ MAGNOLIA MASTERS (2 WEEKS AGO: 16)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 12.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.1 BPG

With Danny Ildefonso slowly clawing back to his normal form, the Raging Bull’s numbers could be at risk. And what if Dorian Pena returns? Could that be POW10-fatal for Rico?

19. JIMMY ALAPAG/ TNT PHONEPALS (2 WEEKS AGO: 17)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 14.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.7 APG

The Mighty Mouse reeled a couple of spots down since Asi’s departure. At least they got a win. Still, with the way things are running I expect Alapag to seriously do more damage in the offensive end.

18. D. HONTIVEROS/ MAGNOLIA MASTERS (2 WEEKS AGO: 15)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 13.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.9 BPG

After that TNT-squeaker Honti’s numbers went back to earth. Consistency is what the Masters are lacking and his balance stat-grabbing needs to go up a notch.

17. MARK CAGUIOA/ BRGY. GINEBRA KINGS (2 WEEKS AGO: NR)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 17.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.9 SPG

The Spark could have been ranked higher had not for his dismal scoring stint against the Realtors. I expect him to triple his 6-point output in their next game.

16. J. VALENZUELA/ RED BULL BARAKO (2 WEEKS AGO: 18)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 15.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.2 SPG

His steady play is one reason why they are not reeling from Cyrus Baguio’s absence. The other reason is his leadership, especially nurturing the likes of Leo Najorda and Jojo Duncil.

15. JAY-R REYES/ WELCOAT DRAGONS (2 WEEKS AGO: 14)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 14.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.7 BPG

Just take a look at his numbers and then you can easily conclude the reason why Welcoat is slumping. Not only did the Dragons lack a scoring threat, but they lost a defensive demon as well.

14. ALI PEEK/ TNT PHONEPALS (2 WEEKS AGO: 8)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 12.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.8 BPG
TNT AVRGS: 9.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 2.0 BPG

Man Mountain is slowly moving up from the ladder but the abundance of talented big men is slowly shading his TNT stint. However, he is still effective in his spot.

13. DANNY SEIGLE/ MAGNOLIA MASTERS (2 WEEKS AGO: 11)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 17.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.8 BPG

The Dynamite is finally feeling the overabundance of players in their roster. His scoring and rebounding has dropped, and so is his POW10 standing.

12. JAMES YAP/ PUREFOODS GIANTS (2 WEEKS AGO: 12)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 21.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.8 SPG

He is still the league’s second leading scorer and a MVP candidate. However you must wonder if he’s an all-around guy. He is in all standards but his current stats is saying otherwise.

11. JAY WASHINGTON/ TNT PHONEPALS (2 WEEKS AGO: 7)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 14.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.3 BPG

J-Wash slid out of the POW10 but it is not because of his deteriorating game but due to the strong play of the superstars. He still needs to address the fact that he is a threat and not just a lucky lurker that could drain the shots.

Taking a leave from the POW10 is JOSEPH YEO. Why? He had two consecutive games where he averaged a measly 6.5ppg. Given that he’s pretty much a scoring option other than an all-around threat, he needs to knock those shots down in order to return to the fold.

Next week we could see the presence of Alex Cabagnot, Danny Ildefonso, Lordy Tugade, Rob Wainwright and Yeo trying to dislodge the others from their seedings.

THE POWER TEN

10. R. DE OCAMPO/ AIR21 EXPRESS (2 WEEKS AGO: 10)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 13.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.5 SPG

With the Express winning, Ranidel effectively plays the role of Arwind Santos’ wingman. While Santos provides the offense, De Ocampo is reaping board after board. As you can see, Air21 ties TNT with the most number of players in the Top 25 list.

9. CYRUS BAGUIO/ RED BULL BARAKO (2 WEEKS AGO: 13)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 18.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.7 BPG

In his last game, Sky-rus was unstoppable. Playing well in all sides of the court, he whirled and twirled on any defense put up by his opponents. Only two things could derail him – pissing off Yeng Guiao (which he has yet to do), and MEASLES, which stopped him… for two weeks.

8. KELLY WILLIAMS/ STA. LUCIA REALTORS (2 WEEKS AGO: 6)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 15.6 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.9 SPG

K-Will had an awful night against the Gins last Sunday. Actually it was the first 47 minutes that sucked as Williams saved his best for last, dropping the Gins with his 3-consecutive, cold-blooded triples. He has stepped up in scoring but now he needs consistency in giving his team victories.

7. ASI TAULAVA/ COCA-COLA TIGERS (2 WEEKS AGO: 23)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 13.3 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 2.1 APG
COKE AVRGS: 25.7 PPG, 19.7 RPG, 4.0 APG, 0.7 SPG

Jumping 16 spots upwards, the Rock is certainly enjoying his revitalized game as the Tigers’ leader. Since his entry, Coke has ended their 7-year-itch and came up with their own 2-game win streak. Kenneth Duremdes has become magnificent… and Alex Cabagnot is actually playing well. Will things explode or sour with the entry of John Arigo?

6. J. HELTERBRAND/ BRGY. GINEBRA KINGS (2 WEEKS AGO: 4)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 16.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 7.2 APG

Getting the help he previously waned wasn’t enough to stop the Gins thrashing, losing 2 of their last 3 games. Still Mr. Fast is getting the stats for his team, leading the league in assists despite the Kings’ lack of star power during the initial stages of the tournament.

5. KERBY RAYMUNDO/ PUREFOODS GIANTS (2 WEEKS AGO: 5)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 14.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.1 SPG

Kerby retained his fifth spot… great. However, this was not the case had there been a POW10 last week. After a 3-game underwhelming performance, the Kid lost his double-figure rebounding momentarily. It took a great game against Welcoat to give him his double-double stats back.

4. MARK TELAN/ COCA-COLA TIGERS (2 WEEKS AGO: 9)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 16.4 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.9 APG

If this was last season you could have laughed if you spot Telan’s name high in the list. However, this season Mark Telan is playing like a marquee man, especially since the arrival of former teammate Asi Taulava in their team. Telan is playing a giant-sized sidekick for the Rock which explains his insane averages.

3. NIC BELASCO/ WELCOAT DRAGONS (2 WEEKS AGO: 2)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 15.4 PPG, 14.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 SPG

It should have been Nic Belasco on the top spot… seriously. Without Reyes you expect him to double-up his averages. Instead we saw that Belasco needed Jay-R to grab those boards. Belasco has been shackled since every team treats him as Welcoat’s import. If Welcoat continues to cede wins, it would be unlikely for St. Nick to get another shot at the top.

2. WILLIE MILLER/ ALASKA ACES (2 WEEKS AGO: 1)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 24.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.8 SPG

Finally the Thriller has been replaced at the top spot. Well, this was not due to his undoing. Quite frankly, Miller has another 30-point performance this conference – his fourth in 12 games. Unusually whenever he scores a large amount of points, his team fails to get the W’s. It’s not due to his overshooting… although he should watch out for his ill-advised pull-ups.

1. ARWIND SANTOS/ AIR21 EXPRESS (2 WEEKS AGO: 3)
PHILCUP AVRGS: 20.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Wow. If Asi owned last week, this week was owned by this guy. Posting up career highs in scoring for 2 consecutive days?!?! That’s simply awe-striking. This week Santos averaged 30.5 points and both of those games resulted to wins. That is what Miller lacks when he posts up those numbers. Slowly Air21 is beginning to creep towards the upper echelon in the standings. And you can blame this guy for that.

As the First Round closes, The race to the top will likely figure with Miller, Belasco, Santos, Raymundo, and the dominating presence of Asi Taulava. Who will be the Best Player when the dust settles?

Tune in to find out.

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