THE first few games of UAAP Season 82 has produced a handful of blowouts, a couple of nail-biters, but more importantly, a bunch of highlight-worthy dunks.
This brings to mind the best aerial assaults that fans of local collegiate hoops have witnessed in recent years. From a pair of brothers taking flight to foreign student-athletes showing off their insane athleticism, these rim-rattlers are forever etched in the memories of those who saw it.
Ricci Rivero's crazy alley-oop finish caught the attention of foreign news outlets like Bleacher Report and Ballislife.com, but where does it rank among the greatest UAAP dunks this past decade?
10. Jeepy Faundo (UST Growling Tigers), Season 79
Never mind Mico Halili's poorly executed pun, this two-handed throwdown from Bryan Faundo's younger brother off a nifty pass from Marvin Lee was one of the few bright spots for UST during a season where they tied UE for dead last with a forgettable 3-11 win-loss record.
9. Charles Mammie (UE Red Warriors), Season 77
Mammie was the Warriors' last great foreign big man, before UE decided to go All-Filipino in the heavily import-flavored tournament. The Sierra Leonean was a sheer force inside the paint, as seen with how he easily shoved his FEU counterpart, American Anthony Hargrove.
8. Mac Belo (FEU Tamaraws), Season 77
This broken alley-oop-turned-putback-dunk was a sign of things to come between now-Blackwater Elite teammates Belo and Raymar Jose. Too bad this kind of teamwork wasn't enough to carry FEU over NU in the Season 77 Finals. Belo and Jose will get their chance in the PBA.
7. Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles), Season 80
The younger Ravena is called "Russell Westbrook of the Philippines" not only for his outrageous style, but also his ever-growing highlight reel. Thirdy channeled the Brodie's ferocity when he drove down the lane for this vicious tomahawk that UST wanted nothing to do with.
6. Jamie Orme-Malonzo (DLSU Green Archers) on Thirdy Ravena, Season 82
One of DLSU one-and-done weapons was feeling himself after turning the tables on Thirdy, who found himself on the wrong end of a poster. Still, two-time Finals MVP had the last laugh as ADMU won, 81-69, despite Orme-Malonzo's double-pump dunk and debut double-double (18 pts, 10 reb).
5. Tyrus Hill (Adamson Falcons) on Jeepy Faundo, Season 80
The UST center makes his second appearance on the list, only this time as a casualty. Hill, one-half of AdU's Bounce Bros back in Season 80, elevated and detonated on a decent Faundo challenge for a sick poster slam that got even the play-by-play commentators hyped.
4. Kiefer Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles) on Karim Abdul, Season 75
It's one thing to catch a body, it's another to put a star player — in Abdul's case, a three-time Mythical Team member and UAAP finalist — in such type of humiliation. Adding insult to injury, Kiefer and ADMU went on to sweep Karim and UST in the former's title defense.
3. Ray Parks (NU Bulldogs) on Arnold Van Opstal, Season 75
No, Van Opstal didn't dye his hair silver-ish purple and got a Mandala head tattoo after Parks yammed on the latter so hard. The two-time UAAP MVP and the DLSU center actually became D-League champions as Hapee teammates before getting drafted in the PBA.
2. Ben Mbala (DLSU Green Archers), Season 79
Thomas Torres throwing the perfect lob was just a bonus; Mbala was going to finish that either way. The powerful hammer punctuated the first of his two MVP awards and Mythical Team inclusions, as well as the lone DLSU championship for the utterly dominating young Cameroonian.
1. Ricci Rivero (UP Fighting Maroons), Season 82
Just like the way he climbed the ladder for that ridiculous rim rocker, Rivero's eye-popping eye-in-the-sky jam surges to the top of the greatest UAAP dunks in recent memory. Solid preceding play? Check. Execution despite difficulty? Check. Awe-inspiring aftermath? Check.