Governor’s Cup: Power Rankings (Up to May 27, 2012)
May 28, 2012 by Sydrick Salazar
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So the final conference of the season begins. For a lot of teams, this is their last ditch effort to make their season wonderful. For some teams like Talk N Text and B-Meg though – it’s a time for them to rest up their starters.
There are a bunch of notables on the list but don’t pee your pants and curse the heavens if you encounter names you usually don’t encounter.
With that said…
Game starts now!
Governor’s Cup: Power Rankings (Up to May 27, 2012)
20 – JEFF CHAN / ELASTO PAINTERS
14.0PPG • 5.0RPG • 2.0APG • 1.5SPG
The other half of Yeng Guiao’s Kung Fu Connection is doing mega damage on the offensive end and a wonderful showing will be a proper end to his most exceptional season.
19 – RAFI REAVIS / LLAMADOS
6.5PPG • 10.5RPG • 1.0APG • 1.5SPG
With the imports standing less than 6’5, this beanpole’s height will prove to be his might especially in the rebounding department.
18 – PAUL LEE / ELASTO PAINTERS
17.0PPG • 3.5RPG • 3.0APG
Coming up with nice numbers, the Lethal Weapon is expected to produce better number than what he did in the Commissioner’s Cup.
17 – REYNEL HUGNATAN / BOLTS
9.5PPG • 10.0RPG • 2.5APG
Ryan Gregorio is using an extremely tight rotation and this sits well for a guy like Hugnatan who is expected to play his best basketball of the season.
16 – GABE NORWOOD / ELASTO PAINTERS
6.5PPG • 5.0RPG • 5.5APG • 1.0SPG • 1.0BPG
As always, Norwood’s contributions are not limited to the offensive end. I thought this is a problem for him but looking at the numerous guns ROS has at the moment, he is working it as their point forward.
15 – JONDAN SALVADOR / TIGERS
8.0PPG • 11.5RPG • 2.0APG
His scoring and rebounding were raised when he was sent to Powerade for Doug Kramer. I doubt though if his playing time will be permanent especially since the Tigers have yet to win in this Cup.
14 – RUDY HATFIELD / KINGS
8.0PPG • 8.0RPG • 2.5APG • 2.0SPG
During short import conferences, there are players that excel. Hatfield in particular is a beast in these types of contests because his height won’t be a mismatch. Look for him in the coming weeks to improve rank.
13 – JARED DILLINGER / TROPANG TEXTERS
9.5PPG • 5.0RPG • 4.0APG • 2.0SPG
He has yet to grasp that he needs to excel with the injuries to their main crew. Unlike Japeth Aguilar, the TNT management is looking for the Daredevil to upgrade his showing.
12 – WILLIE MILLER / ENERGY
11.5PPG • 5.0RPG • 5.5APG • 1.0BPG
Continuing his awesome season, Miller is determined to finish this season with Barako Bull up top. The Thriller leads his team in minutes and assists (alongside Wynne Arboleda) and ranks first amongst B-Bull locals in rebounds.
11 – ASI TAULAVA / BOLTS
14.0PPG • 11.0RPG • 1.0APG
After Taulava’s bad Commissioner’s Cup campaign (this was before the playoffs), Ryan Gregorio finally realized that age is just a number for Asi. The Rock is averaging in double-double this conference and look for him to dominate inside the paint.
10 – KERBY RAYMUNDO / KINGS
13.0PPG • 8.0RPG • 3.0APG
Jackson Vroman forced him to sag on the bench but with the SF-built Cedric Bozeman, Siot Tanquingcen hopes that The Kid could play his best Ginebra conference. While Ginebra is loaded in frontline mass, but among these gents, Kerby is their most consistent offensive big man.
9 – ALEX CABAGNOT / BLAZE BOOSTERS
16.5PPG • 3.5RPG • 4.5APG • 1.0SPG
With all the changes he is forced to witness, A-Cab is more than willing to pilot the team’s chemistry program. As Ato Agustin’s on-court eyes and ears, Cabagnot is finding ways to make their win-loss record stainless.
8 – RYAN REYES / TROPANG TEXTERS
12.0PPG • 7.0RPG • 6.0APG • 1.0SPG • 1.0BPG
Last conference, Reyes’ offensive attacks have been inconsistent. There were times were he was non-existent in terms of offense. That needs to change especially with Jayson Castro in sickbay. If there is one guy who can produce the numbers The Blur is getting, it should be RR.
7 – YANCY DE OCAMPO / LLAMADOS
16.5PPG • 6.5RPG • 2.5APG
The Postman is delivering for B-Meg in the absence of Marc Pingris and Joe Devance and when I mean deliver I MEAN HE IS DELIVERING! A few months back I knew something’s up when Tim Cone asked for Yancy. If he continues to make things happen for B-Meg, Joe Devance must scorch like a dog in heat to win back his spot. The current gameplay of Yancy reminds me of an old (but still kicking) version of Jerry Codinera.
6 – ARWIND SANTOS / BLAZE BOOSTERS
14.0PPG • 8.5RPG • 1.5APG • 1.0SPG • 1.0BPG
The return of Jay Washington and Chris Lutz and the re-entry of Dorian Pena in the Petron lineup made no difference to Arwind’s awesomeness. It also seems like the Blaze Boosters are trying their best to defend their Governor’s Cup trophy with this guy leading the way.
5 – DANNY SEIGLE / ENERGY
14.5PPG • 4.0RPG • 2.5APG • 1.5SPG • 1.5BPG
Dynamite Danny’s scoring isn’t that high but to the shock of everyone his all-around game is solid enough. If he continues to have a huge chunk of playing time as well as effectively keeping off sickbay, Barako Bull should breeze to the next round.
4 – CYRUS BAGUIO / ACES
16.5PPG • 5.0RPG • 3.0APG • 1.5SPG • 1.5BPG
Skyrus is ably manning the shooting guard spot – logging heavy minutes and plentiful shot selections. While in some ways Luigi Trillo has solved their bench depth, Baguio must contribute more to send Alaska on top of the heap anew.
3 – SOLOMON MERCADO / BOLTS
20.5PPG • 6.5RPG • 1.0APG • 2.0SPG
With him and Macmac Cardona almost playing the same game, one of them should falter as the other explode. In the first two games of the conference, Mercado made Cardona take the backseat. Don’t expect Cardona to seat back and let Mercado hog the spotlight but when the Sol-Train is on a tear, it’s best to give him the ball as often as possible.
2 – GARY DAVID / TIGERS
25.5PPG • 6.0RPG • 4.0APG • 1.0SPG
It’s kinda odd to see David’s name without Marcio Lassiter’s name following. PBA life is so unpredictable. What’s predictable though is that David continues to go berserk in the court. But unlike the first two conferences of the season where he scores baskets because of proper ball movement, he scores baskets because of his team’s dire need for aggressive scoring options.
1 – LA TENORIO / ACES
18.5PPG • 7.0RPG • 6.5APG • 1.5SPG
Claiming top spot in the first edition of the Governor’s Cup Power Rankings, LA Tenorio had an awesome time playing all around basketball. It seems as if that he’s enjoying the new look Alaska Aces that Trillo has formed. His 7.0 rebounding average isn’t really new for The Lieutenant but looking at his numbers, it seems as if he is the PBA’s version of Rajon Rondo.
I know what you’re thinking – where the hell are your favorite players? Let’s remember that the conference is still young. I’m sure slashers and shooters like James Yap, Peter June Simon, Chris Ross, Macmac Cardona, and Mark Caguioa as well as big men like Sonny Thoss, Kelly Williams, Ranidel De Ocampo, Beau Belga, and Jay Washington will find a spot here in the near future.
Maybe you can check it out next week to see how the list moved.