Tuesday, July 5, 2011

One Day Later: CSB vs LPU, EAC vs AU

LPU 75 - CSB 63
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Player of the Game: Former Adamson Falcon Allan Santos was a giant in a land of small people, scoring 19 points, 13 in the fourth quarter, hauling down 17 rebounds, and blocking 4 shots. With the league as a whole, smaller than last season, Santos could inflict some damage on other teams as well.
CSB Stat to Watch: Though the Pirates are about the same size, with no really towering big men, Benilde gave up 8 more offensive rebounds, and 10 more second-chance points as a result. How can they expect to fare better against squads like San Beda or San Sebastian?
CSB Player to Watch: Jonathan Grey had an extremely conservative game, especially when you consider the fact that Carlo Lastimosa was out. Grey was just 2 of 4 from the field in 27 minutes, though he did contribute 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
LPU Stat to Watch: Tight defense by Lyceum held the Blazers to just 39% from the field, much improved from their average of 46% in the summer
LPU Player to Watch: Floricel Guevarra had a good outing, 13 points and 7 boards, but it was his teammates Santos, and Chris Cayabyab who really brought the fire in today's outing.
7 to 5 – Allan Santos pulled down more offensive rebounds by himself than the entire Benilde team.

EAC 84 - AU 77
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Player of the Game: FEU-FERN alumnus and former PBB contestant Jolas Paguia came out of nowhere and provided the best rookie performance of the season-opening games. A 6'3" wide-bodied athletic player, Paguia showed great moves on both ends of the court, playing good defense, and carrying the squad in the fourth quarter. He's a clear Rookie of the Year candidate if he keeps this up.
EAC Stat to Watch: With Milan Vargas looking 100% healthy, and the addition of two great ball handlers in Igee King and Joshua Torralba, the Generals handled the ball much better, turning it over just 15 times, five less than their summer average.
EAC Player to Watch: Jan Jamon was silent in the first half, but scored all 15 of his points in the second. Playing alongside Milan Vargas, the two form a deadly backcourt that can simply be explosive. Also impressive is the fact that he shot 60% from the field to get his 15 markers.
AU Stat to Watch: Despite the zone working out pretty well in the first three quarters of the game, the Chiefs had just 6 turnover points to show for it, a number that the Generals actualyl doubled.
AU Player to Watch: Chris Okpe had just a 6 minute stint, in which he missed a shot and pulled down a rebound. Part of the reason why he didn't get so much burn is because Prince Caperal had an impressive showing (12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks), but Okpe also looked incredibly awkward out there, seemingly lost for most of the time. While you can't teach height, you can certainly teach basketball, and in Okpe's case, it looks like he still needs a couple more lessons before he can be considered a contributor.
34 to 18 - The Generals detonated a 34 to 18 fourth quarter points explosion, totally catching Arellano off guard. Considering how they only scored 31 in the first half you'd be surprised too!

NCAA Picking Record: 1-4

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