25 MARKED MEN - (Start up to November 29, 2009)

Losing their places are the following players: Willy Wilson, Larry Rodriguez, Nic Belasco, Dennis Espino, Jay-R Reyes, and Celino Cruz.

Now on with the show.



I will not tolerate persons challenging the list, but feel free to comment on how your favourite player needs to move on with his slump.

Game starts now!


50 ALEX CRISANO (BB – Not Rated Last Ranking)
The only decent big man in the Barako Bull lineup.

49 ARIS DIMAUNAHAN (BB – Last Rank # 43)
Making up for the offense left by the injured Jojo Duncil.

48 BONBON CUSTODIO (SMB – Last Rank # 38)
Ten points down for missing the November 29 Burger King game.

47 MARK PINGRIS (PUR – Last Rank # 45)
Fell a few places despite a great game against the Realtors.

46 YOUSIF ALJAMAL (BB – Last Rank # 39)
His 21-point game against the Aces only made up for his so-so showings (stat-wise).

45 ENRICO VILLANUEVA (GIN – Last Rank # 32)
What’s happening? Why is Jong Uichico benching him??? Is it because he’s struggling???

44 BEAU BELGA (BK – Not Rated Last Ranking)
The guy may be inconsistent but PBFANTASY addicts love the rewards from getting him.

43 JOHN FERRIOLS (ALA – Not Rated Last Ranking)
This is a guy that got this high because his team is always winning.

42 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO (TNT – Not Rated Last Ranking)
This guy is struggling but more or less is showing some spark nonetheless.

41 DENOK MIRANDA (SMB – Last Ranking # 37)
Funny how he gets effective minutes on a guard-loaded squad.

40 JARED DILLINGER (TNT – Not Rated Last Ranking)
From a horrible start we went berserk to score an 18-point, 18-rebound game.

39 HARVEY CAREY (TNT – Last Ranking # 35)
Returning from injury, he merely continued his usual ball-hunting ways.

38 YANCY DE OCAMPO (TNT – Last Ranking # 48)
He plays less minutes but gets better stats than his younger, better brother.

37 PAUL ARTADI (PUR – Last Ranking # 34)
He played well doubling his efforts when Roger Yap was playing hurt.

36 ROGER YAP (PUR – Last Ranking # 24)
Maybe a DNP is better than playing really less minutes and damaging his stat lines.

35 LORDY TUGADE (SMB – Last Ranking # 35)
Zoomed 15 slots up for owning a Yeng Guiao-squad with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

34 RICHARD YEE (BK – Last Ranking # 33)
Had he known this would have happened, he would have moved from Purefoods a long time ago.

33 MARK BORBORAN (ALA – Last Ranking # 40)
Still a project, but he fits well as SF in Tim Cone’s bench mob.

32 CYRUS BAGUIO (GIN – Last Ranking # 36)
That’s right Skyrus, inflict damage before Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand get back their minutes!

31 RONJAY BUENAFE (BK – Not Rated Last Ranking)
He was #54 in the last ranks. He’s playing well because Gary David can’t get a break in Yeng’s system.

30 JAMES YAP (PUR – Last Ranking # 21)
Yup, no typo or error here. He is playing bad ever since Coach Ryan made him a reserve.

29 LARRY FONACIER (ALA – Last Ranking # 49)
Yes, King James is in bad land when this Baby-Faced Assassin is ahead of him. Worse, Larry’s team is Number One.

28 ERIC MENK (GIN – Last Ranking # 27)
Major Pain is back. Now all he needs to do is score major minutes from Jong Uichico!

27 ALEX CABAGNOT (COK – Last Ranking # 23)
The lone tiger in the ranks. He has great stats but he’s down here because his team can’t win games.

26 MICK PENNISI (SMB – Last Ranking # 30)
The Aussie with an awesome name is reaping the benefits playing for a streaking squad.


25 JAYJAY HELTERBRAND (GIN – Last Ranking # 13)
Two lacklustre games followed by an injury made him drift downwards. Luckily the Kings are still afloat because of Johnny Abarrientos.
STATS: 32.0mpg (5g) – 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.2apg & 2.8tpg

24 GABBY ESPINAS (SLR – Last Ranking # 22)
Had a great 20-point game to add in his stats but the 3-rebound only output against Purefoods destroyed its semblance.
STATS: 29.7mpg (9g) – 11.4ppg, 9.1rpg & 2.9tpg

23 RICO MAIERHOFER (PUR – Last Ranking # 19)
Inconsistent, but amongst all rookies, he has the closest shot to become the best of their batch (*paging Jervy and Ogie*).
STATS: 22.3mpg (9g) – 9.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6bpg & 2.0tpg

22 JASON CASTRO (TNT – Last Ranking # 29)
I see that they are calling him “Maestro”. Not unless he can “ball” flute a la Levi Celerio’s “leaf” flute, this too early.
STATS: 25.3mpg (9g) – 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg,1.0spg & 2.2tpg

21 JOSEPH YEO (SLR – Last Ranking # 28)
The Ninja is playing like ex-Realtor Rob Parker these days. Meanwhile, Bitoy Omolon is playing like Noynoy Falcasantos (Bitoy needs more offense).
STATS: 31,4mpg (9g) – 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.7apg & 3.1tpg

20 JR QUINAHAN (BK – Last Ranking # 26)
People will quickly that Yeng Guiao needs to concentrate in the coming elections when their top man in the ranks barely scores.
STATS: 24.0mpg (10g) – 6.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6bpg & 0.8tpg

19 GABE NORWOOD (ROS – Last Ranking # 18)
Mr. Prez must be happy with their second win. He must also be happy that Solomon Mercado finally scored 20 points!
STATS: 38.0mpg (9g) – 11.7ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.7spg & 2.4tpg

18 ALI PEEK (TNT – Last Ranking # 20)
With the talk of aged vets getting their moments, Man Mountain is up top ahead of Flying A, Dennis Espino, and others.
STATS: 25.3mpg (9g) – 8.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.2bpg & 1.7tpg

17 MIKE CORTEZ (SMB – Last Ranking # 14)
He had great numbers which is a reason why a took him this week as my fantasy player. And then he went statless in 5 minutes of play...
STATS: 19.8mpg (10g) – 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg, 0.9spg & 1.5tpg

16 SONNY THOSS (ALA – Last Ranking # 25)
He jumped nine spots because he posted big numbers in terms of points, rebounds, and blocks for three straight performances.
STATS: 25.2mpg (10g) – 8.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4bpg & 1.9tpg

15 RYAN REYES (SLR – Last Ranking # 16)
Posted big numbers against Ginebra but during their out-of-town game against Purefoods... well, can’t say he played poor, but his team could have won that game.
STATS: 33.3mpg (9g) – 11.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg & 1.7tpg

14 DORIAN PENA (SMB – Last Ranking # 9)
The fruitiest name in Philippine Basketball took a backseat to Sam Eman and Mick Pennisi in their last games but hey, at least they are winning.
STATS: 23.2mpg (10g) – 8.5ppg, 9.7rpg & 2.2tpg

13 KERBY RAYMUNDO (PUR – Last Ranking # 11)
The Giants are freed from losing streaks... and also winning streaks as well. This is the only reason why Kerby can’t break the top ten spot.
STATS: 33.7mpg (9g) – 14.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.1apg, 0.8bpg & 3.7tpg

12 JONAS VILLANUEVA (SMB – Last Ranking # 17)
Jonas started out as a fourth option that in time blossomed into a great player. So Samigue Eman fans, don’t give up on your idol!
STATS: 24.5mpg (10g) – 7.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.3spg & 1.8tpg

11 RONALD TUBID (GIN – Last Ranking # 15)
Talk about significant contributions! During Jayjay’s second leave of absence, the fearless Saint went on a tear! That 33-point explosion against the Tigers and season-long turnover-less-ness is wow!
STATS: 32.0mpg (9g) – 16.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 0.8spg & 1.1tpg


Before we go to this rank’s top ten, let’s see who leads their team in points.

RAIN OR SHINE – Gabe Norwood (11.7ppg): What’s worse is Ryan Arana’s the only other guy with ten points and more.
BARAKO BULL – Yousif Aljamal (12.6ppg): Barako Bull’s San Beda connection is the only players scoring in double figures.
COCA-COLA – Alex Cabagnot (13.2ppg): Leading in points and assists? That’s exhausting!
BURGER KING – Ronjay Buenafe (13.8ppg): Gary David would have had more if he was used more.
PUREFOODS – Kerby Raymundo (14.7ppg): Where’s James Yap?
ALASKA – Willie Miller (16.7ppg): He also leads his team in points and assists but hey, they win most of the time!
GINEBRA – Ronald Tubid (16.8ppg): Thanks Coke for giving him 33 points!
STA. LUCIA – Kelly Williams (16.9ppg): The Realtors will live and die with K-Will in tow.
SAN MIGUEL – Arwind Santos (19.1ppg): He also leads the Beermen in rebounds, steals, and blocks!
TALK N TEXT – Macmac Cardona (21.0ppg): The scoring leader popped 40 points against the Whoppers!

At this point you’ll probably know why some teams fare better than others.


10 DONDON HONTIVEROS (SMB – Last Ranking # 6)
The Cebuano hotshot struck big during the Beermen’s out of town game. Despite a mere 5-point howl in the Sunday BK game, his team did enough damage to seal the win in their favour. Also, Lordy Tugade did get a huge chunk of stats there. It’s hard to pick a SMB player to consistently play big because they have so many guns! Well... except if your name is... more on this later.
STATS: 28.3mpg (10g) – 14.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 0.9bpg & 2.9tpg

9 JIMMY ALAPAG (TNT – Last Ranking # 4)
Another dropper from the list, again you have to know that he is a constant player to use for the stat lines. Even if he barely gets time, look for him to give the Texters a sense of direction. TNT has a very strong backcourt with Alapag, Castro, and a person you’ll see later leading their team. While Captain Hook is a gimme in the SG spot, the other two slugs it out for points and assists. With two improving their stock, someone must feel stat loss. Jimmy did score a mere 5 points in their last outing.
STATS: 33.4mpg (9g) – 15.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.9apg & 2.6tpg

8 REYNEL HUGNATAN (ALA – Last Ranking # 12); 7 TONY DELA CRUZ (ALA – Last Ranking # 10); 6 JOE DEVANCE (ALA – Last Ranking # 5)
Holy crap! What’s this? Is this a ploy of me being lazy??? Save your sighs readers! There are five Alaska players in the top ten and they pretty much got here because of Alaska’s swell record. At the start of the season, Tim Cone’s lineup had the laziest offseason. After the Willie Miller trade rumors regressed, the team could only take Mike Burtscher and Sean Co – one of whom is in their reserve list. Their cohesive lineup is currently felt by the league. Joe DeVance learned his role and is comfortable in his role as not being the top man (unlike during his rookie season at Welcoat). He can shoot outside without sacrificing the lack of rebounding support. Meanwhile, old reliable Tony Dela Cruz is getting the minutes for contributing in the other facets. This may not be TDC’s Shell version (where he was king), but he is a very busy man scoring with those “hustles”. Reynel Hugnatan? The best thing about the Aces right now is that you think their depth is weak but in reality, their bench is really, really solid with less egos doing extreme damage. Hugnatan is currently that bench mob’s main force.
STATS: HUGNATAN – 23.5mpg (10g) – 13.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg & 1.8tpg
STATS: DELA CRUZ – 31.2mpg (10g) – 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg & 0.6tpg
STATS: DEVANCE – 28.2mpg (10g) – 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg & 1.2tpg

5 LA TENORIO (ALA – Last Ranking # 7)
I separated Flying LA from the others because I had more to say about this guy. Nowadays, it seems that Johnny Abarrientos is undergoing a “pseudo” rookie season with the injury of Jayjay Helterbrand and Celino Cruz and is expected to play the top PG role (since Kevin White barely productive in that spot). This has been the role Tenorio has been donning for the Aces since the trade that brought Cortez to the Beermen. Tim Cone poised Tenorio to be his lone, natural PG. Currently the Aces has won 90 percent of their matches. You can point part of the blame on Flying LA.
STATS: 32.4mpg (10g) – 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg & 2.5tpg

4 MARK CARDONA (TNT – Last Ranking # 8)
Known for his scoring abilities, it’s hard not to doubt his capacity to wreak havoc on his foe’s turf. Captain Hook bombed Burger King in their last game, hitting 75 percent of his shots for 40 points and 38 minutes. The last time Macmac scored 40 in a conference, Talk N Text won the crown. Amongst the current superstar scorers that started 2001 and younger, it seems like Cardona is doing well while the likes of James Yap and Gary David are struggling and Mark Caguioa has yet to recover from his injury. The only other player to challenge him is the next guy in the list. TNT versus Alaska… again?
STATS: 33.2mpg (9g) – 21.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.1apg & 3.4tpg

3 WILLIE MILLER (ALA – Last Ranking # 3)
Team effort is paving the way for the Aces. That is why Miller is sitting comfortably at the number 3 spot. Miller is still leading his team in points (and ugh… turnovers), but he is also quietly leading them in minutes, rebounds, and assists. Why am I saying quietly? Miller needs to score his usual bundle of bombs but he isn’t forcing his shots like last conference. He knows his team mates will back him in terms of offense so he either dishes the ball or keep the ball alive to give his team mates more opportunities in getting baskets. The Aces look poise in nailing the Philippine Cup title.
STATS: 33.4mpg (10g) – 16.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.9apg & 2.8tpg

2 KELLY WILLIAMS (SLR – Last Ranking # 2)
His stats are import-like. Only the top player in this ranking rivals him in this distinction. Without him, Sta. Lucia would falter. He is the only player in the league to average 40 minutes a ball game and this is big considering that a blood disorder forced him to sit most of the Fiesta Cup. K-Will is dominant but part of the problem of the Realtors is that they have a weak bench. Some players in the ranking go all out when they enter but Williams has the unfortunate duty to go spirited and restrained at the same time. He needs a steady watch of pacing when the conference breaks to the knockout stages.
STATS: 40.3mpg (9g) – 16.9ppg, 13.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, 0.9bpg & 3.6tpg

1 ARWIND SANTOS (SMB – Last Ranking # 1)
It was said that Danny Seigle has been cleared to play but unfortunately for him, his spot has been taken by the Spiderman. The reason why SMB gets more talent is because of PBA’s laws against the injured list and their restricted free agents. Anyway, Santos has been extra dominant playing for a talent-loaded squad. He can contribute without scoring and if he scores, the other SMB players look to upstage him. But this is healthy and all, considering that the team is on a current 8-game surge. And the most important thing regarding Arwind is that he gets less than 2 turnovers a night. With the style of play he’s playing (check out his numbers), that’s good!
STATS: 33.0mpg (10g) – 19.1ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, 1.9bpg & 1.9tpg

So this ends this instalment, until the next one…



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