The theme for this week? Upsets! With the exception of Alaska, all of our top 5 teams sustained losses against teams that were billed to be bottom feeders. Not only that! The worst ranked team (the team that I expected to flounder) found a way to win 2 games this week and the #MMDA combination of Mercado, Miller, David and Aguilar was off to a good start with GBP sporting a record of 1-1. So much intrigue!! Let’s see!
High Risers: Barako Bull Energy Cola (+4)
Freefallers: Petron Blaze Boosters and Ginebra Gin Kings (-4)
Let’s take a look at our updated Power Rankings after Week 1
1.) Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters (Previous 1 | Record: 0-1)
– Still the deepest and most talented team in the league. They didn’t have enough practice time as coach Chot Reyes said. Jayson Castro was injured though so we’ll have to wait and see whether this team can actually sustain its momentum from last conference.
@micohalili u gotta remember TNTs been practicing for jst a little more than a week. They arrived from HK Jan 29. Prac Feb 1
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) February 9, 2013
2.) Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (Previous 2 | Record: 0-1)
– Second deepest team in the league that suffered a close loss against a top ranked team (Alaska Aces). The good news? Bruno Sundov will dominate this league — 30 points (on 17 shots) and 15 rebounds. The bad news?
— HumbleBola (@HumbleBola_) February 11, 2013
3.) Alaska Aces (Previous 4 | Record: 1-0)
– A win against a top caliber team? Check. Drama for the week? Abueva with two game-changing plays (a desperation three to tie the game and a block on a potential game winning shot) sets up Baguio’s coast-to-coast layup. Heartbreaking loss for Rain or Shine. Momentum building win for Alaska.
4.) GlobalPort BatangPier (Previous: 7 | Record 1-1)
– MMDA is doing work. No, we’re not talking about the new bus scheme or the proposed EDSA renovation. We’re talking about the Mercado-Miller-David-Aguilar quartet of GlobalPort. There are still some questions left that need to be addressed — “how will their bench survive? Will one of the guards in the quartet be willing to move to the bench for the greater good of the team? Can Aguilar keep this up?” But for now, we love their potential.
5.) San Mig Coffee Mixers (Previous: 3 | Record: 0-1)
– Their import is nowhere to be found yet and they struggled on offense — scoring just 75 points on approximately 84 possessions. YIKES. The downgrade in ranking is more of other teams proving to have more potential than SMC regressing.
6.) Barako Bull Energy Cola (Previous: 10 | Record: 2-0)
– What a week for the Barako Bull Energy Cola. They beat two teams that were previously thought of as more talented than them. Urbiztondo, has been lights out from deep — draining a total of 11 threes in 2 games while taking 25 attempts. This is coming from a guy who shot just 32% from deep last conference. Expect those numbers to drop. If the Colas plan on sustaining this, they must find other ways to do it. Their defense is a start — they only allowed 92.1 points/100-possession and 88.4 points/100-possession over their past 2 games. That’s a start.
7.) Air21 Express (Previous: 8 | Record: 1-0)
– Caught a sleeping Barangay Ginebra on its back and they took advantage. Of course, Air21 didn’t show a lot of “OOMPH” in that game. It was just plain ugly. Can’t take a lot of positives out of that game especially when Ginebra was able to keep it close despite a one man show from Caguioa and the momentum clearly on Air21’s side for most of the game.
8.) Meralco Bolts (Previous: 9 | Record: 1-0)
– Eric Dawson is off to a good start in the awards races. He scored efficiently and dominated TNT. He’s going to be a tough cover for anybody in the league — even the imports. The question now is — does Meralco have enough to help Dawson? Ross is off to a good start. Mac Cardona faded in the 2nd half. Buenafe is still going to be streaky. We’ll see.
9.) Petron Blaze Boosters (Previous: 5 | Record: 0-1)
– It’s tough to win when someone like Arwind Santos — who’s never been known as an elite shooter and shot just 25% last conference — hoists 9 threes (converting on only one). This tweet says it all. Petronovela?
Arwind Santos (9) took more 3pt attempts than Gary David (8) or Sol Mercado (7). Santos only converted 1 while David and Mercado made 3 each
— A.D. (@chinoyhoopsfan) February 8, 2013
10.) Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (Previous: 6 | Record: 0-1)
– Herbert Hill looks… old, just like the rest of his teammates. He was slow and struggled against the younger and more athletic Dunigan. Outside of Caguioa, nobody on their roster looked spry. Helterbrand looked young again for a couple of minutes, before fading. Same with Hill. Is this going to be a trend? If so, then their prospects look worse than I thought.