Week 2 has ended, and in the NCAA you can see the teams organizing themselves into strata, while thanks to crappy scheduling in the UAAP where only one undefeated team is left when the opening day winners met each other, then the winners of the second game met each other for the third game. Ah, you'll figure it out later.
#1 Ateneo Blue Eagles
The defending champions are on track on winning another trophy for Katipunan with big wins against then undefeated teams UE and UST. After falling behind early against the Red Warriors, the Blue Eagles took it up a notch and clinch a double-digit win, while the Eagles blew the game wide open with a decisive second quarter run against UST.
And Eman Monfort shooting a la Sasha Vujacic does help a lot.
#2 San Beda Red Lions
The RL has been blowing out patsies left and right this week: 20 points against CSB and 33 against Perps. Good momentum to carry over to their big game against Letran on Friday. The coach Frankie Lim-appointed King Bedan Garvo Lanete will carry the new-look Red Lions to the promised land.
#3 JRU Heavy Bombers
Switching spots with the Stags this week, the Bombers survived a gritty Chiefs squad to tag themselves a #3 spot this week. The one-two punch of John Wilson and Marvin Hayes may be enough for a Finals berth. The only thing spotty with the gold-and-blue are their shoot-first PGs, if they distribute the ball better, they can break the San Beda defense to prevent the dreaded Red Lion fastbreak.
#4 San Sebastian Stags
They could've held on to #4, but the Stags third stringers late in the fourth caused the winless Generals to cut their big-time deficit to single-digits. Can new big man Calvin Abueva amend the NCAA big man landscape?
#5 FEU Tamaraws
A big win against rivals La Salle nudges the Tamaraws to a #5 rank. But are the Lasallians just that bad, or are the Tamaraws just too good? Can coach Capacio translate his PBL success to the UAAP?
#6 UST Growling Tigers
After winning big against NU giving them the best start in years, the Tigers came crashing back to Earth with a asskicking worthy of a Hayden Kho joke. We ask the same question earlier: are the Tigers that good, or did they just face two crappy teams at the start?
#7 Letran Knights
UST's brother school Letran decimated Intramuros archrival Mapua a la what happened to the Walled City during World War II. Jazul and Guevarra shot the lights out, and if they can sustain their shooting, the Knights can catch-up the NCAA's top 3, with them facing one of the top three in their big game against the Red Lions.
#8 UE Red Warriors
UE's one sickness: losing big after leading big, whether in single games or in tournaments. Despite winning against NU, doubts arise if whether the loss of Marcy Arellano would be the one that'll kill UE's chances of beating the top teams this year.
#9 Adamson Falcons
The Falcons hated being the one being hit from behind, so they did that themselves with a come from behind win against the UP Fighting Maroons. If Julius Colina holds on to his game, the Falcons had found themselves a good-enough man in the post.
#10 UP Fighting Maroons
The Maroons may have been 0-2, but unlike the other winless team, they came down fighting. Now if they can cut their turnovers (they had 19 vs. Adamson), they can more than just have a "fighting" chance for a win.
Arellano Chiefs (2-2): If they faced any other team aside the top three this week, they could've cracked this list.
NU Bulldogs (1-2): Even though they gave the Warriors a bite, they have to do more than just that if they want to advance far in the UAAP season. Is Manny Dandan's post in jeopardy?
EAC Generals (0-4): They actually gave the Stags a run for their money, but their thin bench gave out and they weren't able to sustain a run against SSC's third stringers.
AUF Great Danes (1-3): The NCAA would thank AUF a lot, if it weren't for them, Perps' big man Raffy Ynion may still play. And yeah, it's Perps, but that practically makes Perps beatable even by the Squires.
Player of the week: Ateneo's Eman Monfort. Like seriously, it's nice to see you again. Last year, you were watching the Finals from the upper box. Nice upgrade, dude.
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