AFTER getting tripped by San Beda, Mapua has taken flight once again in the 94th Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament.
And at the controls of the Red Robins ascent is Clint Escamis.
The graduating guard averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 steals in their back-to-back wins over San Sebastian and EAC.
With the most impressive numbers for the week, Escamis takes the top spot in the Week 5 rankings of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC NCAA 24 - making it for the second time in the last four weeks.
JRU’s rising star John Amores is in second after delivering 27 points, five rebounds and four assists, in their upset of powerhouse Arellano.
Amores, the frontrunner as the league’s Most Improved Player, made a big leap from 11th to second.
Rounding out the top five are King Brave Aaron Fermin, Perpetual pillar Joshua Gallano, and LSGH lead guard Joel Cagulangan.
From outside the rankings, Mapua’s Jonnel Policarpio pumped in norms of 15.0 points and 13.0 rebounds to place at eighth – between teammate Dan Arches and Arellano’s Rom Junsay at sixth and seventh, respectively. LSGH’s RC Calimag is in ninth and Perpetual’s Emman Galman 10th,.
Meanwhile, San Sebastian rookie Milo Janao and Lyceum stalwart Mac Guadana suffered big drops and now stand at 15th and 18th, respectively.
The complete Week Five rankings:
1. Clint Escamis (MU) (2)
2. John Amores (JRU) (11)
3. Aaron Fermin (AU) (4)
4. Joshua Gallano (UPHSD) (13)
5. Joel Cagulangan (CSB) (1)
6. Dan Arches (MU) (8)
7. Rom Junsay (AU) (15)
8. Jonnel Policarpio (MU) (N/A)
9. RC Calimag (LSGH) (N/A)
10. Emman Galman (UPHSD) (N/A)
11. Inand Fornilos (CSB) (6)
12. Joshua David (CSB) (5)
13. Penny Estacio (SBU) (18)
14. Kean Baclaan (SSCR) (16)
15. Milo Janao (SSCR) (3)
16. Paolo Hernandez (MU) (N/A)
17. John Delos Sanos (JRU) (22)
18. Mac Guadana (LPU) (7)
19. Kai Oliva (SBU) (20)
20. Kent Pelipel (SBU) (N/A)
21. Cjay Boado (EAC) (19)
22. John Barba (LPU) (21)
23. JR Ilustrisimo (EAC) (9)
24. CJ Balowa (EAC) (N/A)
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.