Posted Feb 16th 2014
By the Numbers: Aug. 14-18
By Paolo Mariano Posted Aug 19th 2013
After a two-week hiatus, the UAAP is back in full swing. The recent six-game slate was half entertaining and half ho-hum due to several blowouts. Nevertheless, watch out for the newest hot ticket in town as the University of the East (UE) notched its fourth straight win after escaping University of Santo Tomas (UST). The team is enjoying it’s longest winning streak since stringing eight consecutive in 2009. The once infallible Far Eastern University (FEU), meanwhile, has suffered back-to-back defeats, making the team standings even more tangled. That’s good news though for National University (NU) and De La Salle University, who are slowly finding their rhythm.
The number of points scored by Adamson University in its loss to NU yesterday—the least by any team this season. The Soaring Falcons were sent crashing back to the earth as they struggled offensively throughout the game. They shot a horrendous 18-of-50 from the field for 36.0%, managing only a combined 15 points in the first and fourth quarter. The 48 total is the team’s lowest since scoring 49 in a loss to FEU on September 15, 2011.
The number of rebounds grabbed by Adamson’s Rodney Brondial in their loss to De La Salle University last Wednesday—tying UE’s Charles Mammie for most by any player this season. The veteran forward recorded his career-high, accounting for almost half of the entire team’s 52 total. His relentlessness on the boards, however, wasn’t enough to propel the Soaring Falcons to the victory. He’s the league’s fourth leading rebounder with 10.4 RPG.
The number of points scored by UE’s Roi Sumang in the final period in their win over UST last Thursday. “Mr. 4th Quarter,” who finished with 20 markers, once again delivered in crunch time, outscoring the entire Growling Tigers, who only had nine points. He jumpstarted the Red Warriors’ run in the payoff salvo with eight markers in the opening minutes, before hitting their last two shots, including the game-winner on a daring drive to the rack.
The field goal shooting of FEU’s Terrence Romeo in their last two games. After a spellbinding opening half to the season, the league’s top MVP candidate has struggled in the onset of the second round. He’s averaging a hideous 20.5% clip and 10.0 PPG, a huge drop from his first round numbers of 40.4% and 22.6 PPG. It’s not a surprise that FEU has already lost back-to-back outings. Somewhere out there, Nico Salva has a smile on his face.
The win-loss record of Ricky Dandan in his two and a half years as University of the Philippines (UP) head coach. The embattled tactician is out of the Fighting Maroons, who are still winless this season, reportedly due to a spat with the team’s backers. He won two games in his first year and added one more last season. He is the second UP mentor in the last four years to not finish a season after Aboy Castro was given the pink slip in 2010.