GRADUATING Arellano center Aaron Fermin is having another memorable start to the year, and the Braves have gone three games unbeaten in th NCAA Season 94 juniors’ basketball tournament.
He first had an eye-popping 12-point, 20-rebound performance against Lyceum, and followed it up with an even more dominating 22-point, 18-rebound and 2-block outing in Arellano’s evisceration of San Sebastian this past week.
Fermin jumped four spots to claim the top spot in the third week of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24.
Last week’s No. 1 Clint Escamis dropped a peg, despitesolid numbers of 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in Mapua’s scalping of Lyceum.
Rom Junsay remained at third with another pair of solid showings as he averaged 20.0 points for the Braves’ two wins this past week.
La Salle Greenhills guard Joel Cagulangan stayed at fourth, while Lars Sunga completed the trio of Arellano players to make it to this week’s top five.
Rounding out the top 10 are Inand Fornilos of the Greenies, Kean Baclaan of the Staglets, John Barba of the Junior Pirates, Jonnel Policarpio of the Red Robins and Joshua Gallano of the Junior Altas.
Perpetual’s Ezdel Galoy and San Beda’s Zach Estacio both suffered the biggest drop this week as they fell 13 spots down.
Galoy went from sixth place to 19th after a pedestrian showing for the Junior Altas, while Estacio went from 11th place to 24 as he barely made the cut to be the lone Red Cub to make it to the list.
The complete Week 3 rankings:
- Aaron Fermin (AU) (5)
- Clint Escamis (MU) (1)
- Rom Junsay (AU) (3)
- Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (4)
- Lars Sunga (AU) (19)
- Inand Fornilos (CSB) (7)
- Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (24)
- John Barba (LPU) (2)
- Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (20)
- Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (13)
- Milo Janao (SSCR) (15)
- Dan Arches (MU) (9)
- John Amores (JRU) (8)
- Joshua David (CSB) (10)
- Cjay Boado (EAC) (16)
- Resty Fornis (AU) (N/A)
- Mac Guadana (LPU) (12)
- RC Calimag (CSB) (14)
- Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (6)
- Ely Ilustrisimo (EAC) (N/A)
- Sydney Mosqueda (CSB) (21)
- John Delos Santos (JRU) (N/A)
- Karl Mariano (MU) (22)
- Zach Estacio (SBU) (11)
This year, there will be three separate editions of the NBTC 24 – one for the NCAA, one for the UAAP and one for the CESAFI – to accommodate the Juniors calendar for the whole year.
A final list of the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March.