Posted Feb 16th 2014
By the Numbers: Aug. 24-25
By Paolo Mariano Posted Aug 26th 2013
Even though last week’s schedule was shortened to only four games due to the inclement weather, the thrills weren’t lacking. The weekend was all about streaks as National University (NU) extended its longest winning streak in the last decade to four games. The humming Ateneo de Manila University also made it four in a row, while De La Salle notched its third straight W. Far Eastern University (FEU), meanwhile, snapped its two-game skid and clipped University of the East’s (UE) four-game string in the process.
The average number of points allowed by Ateneo in its four-game winning streak. Defense has been the Blue Eagles’ battle-cry in their resurgence, limiting their opponents to just a little over 60 markers a game on an awful 35.7% shooting clip. In their four defeats, they gave up 74.2 PPG. They are now the league’s second stingiest team with only 66.9 points allowed. They’ve also improved their assists (16.0) and rebounds (44.5) in the streak.
The number of points scored by FEU’s Terrence Romeo in their win over UE—the most by any player this season. The leading MVP candidate poured in his career-high at the most opportune time, with running mate RR Garcia suspended for the game. He put up 13 markers in the final quarter and the two OTs to lead the Tamaraws’ in their come-from-behind win. He superbly bounced back in their pair of losses, where he only tallied 10.0 PPG.
The number of rebounds grabbed by UE’s Charles Mammie in their loss to FEU—the most by any player in recent memory. The 6-foot-8 workhorse from Sierra Leone topped his previous high of 23 to record another jaw-dropping total. He reached the 20-rebound mark for the fourth time in the eight games he suited up. He out-rebounded the frontline trio of Anthony Hargrove, Christian Sentcheu, and Carl Cruz, which combined for 19 caroms.
The number of fastbreak points scored by NU in its win over University of Santo Tomas (UST) last Saturday. The Bulldogs outran and outgunned the Growling Tigers, who only managed eight markers. Ray Parks and company pushed the ball at every opportunity and capitalized on UST’s 15 turnovers. To put things in perspective, exactly one-third of their 75-point output came off the break, almost tripling their league-leading average of 11.1.
The number of points scored by La Salle in the fourth quarter in its win over University of the Philippines (UP). The Green Archers simply manhandled the listless Fighting Maroons, who only put up seven markers on 3-of-15 shooting. What was a close match after the third salvo quickly turned into a laugher as the boys from Taft tightened their defense and took advantage of their height inside. They outscored UP in the second half, 50-21.