POWER RANKINGS (NOV 5 – 9) – MAN OF THE WEEK, RANKINGS, ETC.
November 11, 2008 by Sydrick Salazar
MAN OF THE WEEK: Yes, Hoops fans, we adore Richard del Rosario. Our favorite benchwarmer-turned-analyst is getting rave marks for his really cool humor. His latest annotation with Jude Turcuato seriously helped the debacle that turned out to be the Alaska versus Purefoods match. Sure, Mr. Kaboom was a great commentator to begin with, but you have to love the kind of awesomeness they produced in a match which barely had excitement in the end game stretch. Jason Webb and Vince Hizon, despite their so-so stints at one point or the other (I am talking about Hizonâ€™s post-MBA pro league stint and Webbâ€™s first and second SLR stints) prove no match for RDRâ€™s career-long brilliance. While it should be embarrassing for him to become the butt of every commentatorsâ€™ jokes, you canâ€™t help but be pleased at the things he do to make PBA broadcasts worthwhile.
SIDEBARS: TOP ROOKIES
10 CHITO JAIME â€“ He did in two games what Kelvin Gregorio couldnâ€™t do in 6 games!
9 BEAU BELGA â€“ He was the only player that got all the blessings in Kerbyâ€™s injury.
8 JEFF CHAN â€“ He was another player that got a career game last week.
7 TY TANG â€“ Scored 20 points versus Ginebraâ€¦ and they won.
6 JASON CASTRO â€“ He also scored a career-high output this week.
5 JARED DILLINGER (see Goodbye section)
4 BONBON CUSTODIO â€“ Looming to be the PG of the future for SMB.
3 LARRY RODRIGUEZ (see Goodbye section)
2 SOLOMON MERCADO (see Rankings)
1 GABE NORWOOD (see Rankings)
SAY GOODBYE TO:
JARED DILLINGER (LW # 24) â€“ The TNT slasher had his first scoreless outing in a loss against the Giants. (11.6PPG, 5.5RPG, 1.4APG, 1.1SPG)
LARRY RODRIGUEZ (LW # 20) â€“ The PMI PF had an atrocious showing to send him bye-bye in the Power Rankings. (11.5PPG, 6RPG, 1.8APG, 1.5BPG)
HOMER SE (LW # 19) â€“ One week after his debut in the P25, the ex-San Sebastian Stag bows out this week. (12.3PPG, 5.4RPG, 1.3APG, 1.1SPG, 1BPG)
GAME STARTS NOW!
POWER RANKINGS (NOV 5 TO 9):
25 REALTORS â€“ NELBERT OMOLON (RETURNING)
Without Ryan Reyes, Omolon needs to double his efforts to help Kelly Williams in their bid to re-capture their Philippine Cup crown. (14PPG, 5.1RPG, 1.9APG)
24 ACES â€“ JOE DEVANCE (NEW ENTRY)
Finally an Alaska player that is not Willie Miller! Last yearâ€™s top pick has been hitting his shots from all angles. Also, his rebounding strength is proving vital for the Aces. (13.6PPG, 6.6RPG)
23 TROPANG TEXTERS â€“ ALI PEEK (LW # 16)
Ugh. After an impressive start, the Man-Mountain suffered an avalanche of struggles, which prompts TNT to share cellar honors with three other teams. (11PPG, 9RPG, 1.3APG, 1.8BPG)
22 TIGERS â€“ ALEX CABAGNOT (NEW ENTRY)
Cabag-naughtyâ€™s debut came into reason by a string of good games for the Tigers. Not enough to move Coke up in the standings though. (11.9PPG, 3.5RPG, 4.8APG, 2.4SPG)
21 EXPRESS â€“ WYNNE ARBOLEDA (LW # 23)
The Snatcher upped his game these past few games but the Express canâ€™t buy a win even in these times. (13.3PPG, 4.6RPG, 4.4APG, 1.7SPG)
20 BEERMEN â€“ DONDON HONTIVEROS (LW # 21)
The Cebuano Hotshot performed extremely well in the scoring column for the Beermen. (15.1PPG, 4.6RPG, 2.4APG, 1SPG)
19 ELASTO PAINTERS â€“ SOLOMON MERCADO (LW # 18)
Why is Rain or Shine in the upper half of the standings? Because this guy can actually score and pass shots! (14.3PPG, 3.6RPG, 5.2APG)
18 BARAKOS â€“ CYRUS BAGUIO (LW # 17)
While he wasnâ€™t as explosive last season, Red Bullâ€™s leader is making sure they are at the heap despite playing alongside untested ballers. (14.5PPG, 3.5RPG, 3.3APG, 2.1SPG)
17 BEERMEN â€“ DORIAN PENA (LW # 22)
Raising five notches, the Big Dawg is smoothly controlling the inside for the dominating SMB group. (11.6PPG, 9.6RPG, 1.1APG, 1BPG)
16 GIANTS â€“ ENRICO VILLANUEVA (LW # 11)
His stint this week was a letdown. To think he should have been productive on the inside with Kerby Raymundo at the sidelines. (12PPG, 10.7RPG, 1.3APG)
15 GIANTS â€“ JAMES YAP (LW # 15)
King James suffered the wrath of the Aces with him as the lone scoring option for the Giants. Thank Tony Dela Cruz for this offensive mishap. (19.3PPG, 4.8RPG, 1.1APG)
14 EXPRESS â€“ GARY DAVID (LW # 25)
The Rankings biggest upsurge this week, his offensive guns came in full throttle as he averaged 30 points in two games this week. (19.6PPG, 4.1RPG, 2.4APG)
13 BARAKOS â€“ GABBY ESPINAS (LW # 13)
Fantasy leagueâ€™s most productive pickup continues to make waves for the Barakos. They canâ€™t find their winning ways though, so most of Espinasâ€™ outputs are for naught. (15.8PPG, 9.6RPG, 1.1APG)
12 ELASTO PAINTERS â€“ GABE NORWOOD (LW # 14)
Sure he plays nice, soft in other peopleâ€™s standards, but he plays excellent ball in all aspects. Critics argue that he can score more if he wants to. We will wait for that day. (13PPG, 8.8RPG, 3.7APG, 1.4SPG)
11 EXPRESS â€“ RANIDEL DE OCAMPO (LW # 7)
Diving out of the Top 10, De Ocampo had a couple of bad games that made his production drop. Imagine if his three-point buzzer beater wasnâ€™t counted as a two-pointerâ€¦ that could have boosted his waning stock. (12.9PPG, 10.2RPG, 3.4APG)
10 ELASTO PAINTERS â€“ JAY-R REYES (LW # 12)
Rain Or Shineâ€™s frontliner continues to lead the charge for the Paintersâ€¦ reasons why he is one of the most sought after finds in the Fantasy League roster. (16.3PPG, 8.8RPG, 1.2APG, 1.3BPG)
9 TIGERS â€“ NIC BELASCO (LW # 10)
Kenneth Duremdes may have kinks in his roster, but you canâ€™t say anything about the work ethic St. Nic brings to the squad. (15.8PPG, 10.5RPG, 2.3APG)
8 KINGS â€“ JAYJAY HELTERBRAND (LW # 8)
Helter-skelter was unstoppable in their win against the Tigers. Last week they were cellar dwellers and this week they are PART of numerous cellar dwellers. MAY IMPROVEMENT! YEAH! (20.9PPG, 3.3RPG, 4APG, 1.4SPG)
7 BEERMEN â€“ JAY WASHINGTON (LW # 9)
Remember when he was a rookie and PBA marketing guys vehemently state that we should address him as Anthony Washington? Well, true enough J-Wash is better. (14.3PPG, 10RPG, 3.8APG, 1SPG)
6 EXPRESS â€“ ARWIND SANTOS (LW # 5)
Spidey didnâ€™t have monster figures in their game against Rain or Shine last Saturday. Blame that for Doug Kramerâ€™s break out game. (17.3PPG, 9.5RPG, 1APG, 1.4SPG, 1.8BPG)
5 ACES â€“ WILLIE MILLER (LW # 3)
The Thriller did not play like his normal self against the Giants. Fact is, he never needed to. Merely passing and letting his teammates look good was what he did in that game. It did had its downside but they did get the win. The Letran Knight leads the league in assists. (16.8PPG, 7.7RPG, 5.3APG, 1.2SPG)
4 REALTORS â€“ KELLY WILLIAMS (LW # 6)
Last week was horrible for the reigning MVP. Everything was bad during that game. This week however was the return of the Machine Gun. While his points has yet to explode, his rebounding is currently the leagueâ€™s best. (15.4PPG, 12.9RPG, 1.9APG, 1.4SPG)
3 TROPANG TEXTERS â€“ MACMAC CARDONA (LW # 4)
The leading scorer of the tournament leads seven other Texters with 9 or more points. Except for him though, none of these players are consistently scoring for TNT, prompting them to fall deep in the standings. (23.4PPG, 5.4RPG, 2.9APG)
2 GIANTS â€“ KERBY RAYMUNDO (LW # 2)
You know that most of the top guys had a bad week when they fail to overtake a guy that sat out their last game. Yes, the Kid was absent in their game against the Aces. He was sorely missed as Purefoods got toyed by Alaska. (19.4PPG, 9RPG, 3.1APG)
1 TIGERS â€“ ASI TAULAVA (LW # 1)
For the third straight week he is on top, dominating and dictating the pace for the Coca-Cola faithful. Now if only his skills could give the Tigers a shot out of the bottomâ€¦ (20PPG, 11.4RPG, 2.4APG)
Until the next installmentâ€¦ SURF PORN!