JOEL Cagulangan, for the high standards he had set for himself, has been flying under the radar in the NCAA Season 94 juniors' basketball tournament.
That was until La Salle Greenhills figured in back-to-back games against powerhouse opponents.
Up against Mapua last Tuesday, the graduating guard stuffed the stat sheet with 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and three steals only to see his team get routed.
That is exactly why, just three days later, Cagulangan did even more, firing a career-high 38 markers to go along with nine boards and seven dimes to shoot the Greenies over an Arellano side desperate for a win.
Throughout that career performance, the pint-sized playmaker hit a dozen triples, with six coming in the third quarter, to turn a close contest into a blowout.
That was more than enough to catapult Cagulangan to the top spot of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 – a place he had not been for six weeks.
That was also more than enough to hold off Dan Arches who averaged 21 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists all while stepping up for the injured Clint Escamis in the Red Robins’ 2-0 record for the week.
Following suit are LSGH's versatile swingman Jason David at third, the aforementioned injured Escamis at fourth, and another Greenie in double-double machine Inand Fornilos at fifth.
Completing the top 10 are Mapua’s Paolo Hernandez, Arellano’s Aaron Fermin, Red Robin Jonnel Policarpio, Lyceum’s Mac Guadana, and San Sebastian’s Milo Janao.
Last week’s number one John Amores dropped to 12 this time around as the JRU lost to the Staglets even after his 16-point, 7-rebound, 3-assist effort.
Here are the complete Week 11 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24:
1. Joel Cagulangan (LSGH) (4)
2. Dan Arches (MU) (8)
3. Joshua David (LSGH) (3)
4. Inand Fornilos (LSGH) (2)
5. Clint Escamis (MU) (5)
6. Paolo Gernandez (MU) (18)
7. Aaron Fermin (AU) (9)
8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (12)
9. Mac Guadana (LPU) (11)
10. Milo Janao (SSCR) (13)
11. John Barba (LPU) (7)
12. John Amores (JRU) (1)
13. Rom Junsay (AU) (14)
14. Lars Sunga (AU) (N/A)
15. Mark Sangco (LSGH) (N/A)
16. Resty Fornis (AU) (N/A)
17. Winderlich Coyoca (SBU) (24)
18. Yuri Kawamura (UPHSD) (N/A)
19. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A)
20. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (19)
21. Ezdel Galoy (UPHSD) (16)
22. Neil Guarino (CSJL) (N/A)
23. RC Calimag (LSGH) (15)
24. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (10)
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.
After all three editions have been completed, a final list composing the top 24 players nationwide will then be chosen to participate in the annual NBTC All-Star Game in March.