25MM - Day 1 up to December 13, 2009

The key for rankings supremacy is your favourite team’s standing.

More on this later.

If you don’t know how the rankings work, you can see the mechanics here.



Gone from the list are: Alex Crisano, Aries Dimaunahan, Bonbon Custodio, Yousif Aljamal, John Ferriols, and Jared Dillinger. The Barako Bull players are thrown out because of the Boosters’ continuous downfall, Custodio and Dillinger are gone because they have missed their team’s last games, and Ferriols is out because of his weak stats.

Game starts now!


50 DON ALLADO (PUR – Not Rated Last Ranking)
It all depends on how Purefoods fares…

49 CHICO LANETE (BK – Not Rated Last Ranking)
If BK can’t win two games in the coming weeks, he’ll drift away again.

48 BEAU BELGA (BK – Last Rank # 44)
He played well actually. Such a shame his team barely wins.

47 JAYJAY HELTERBRAND (GIN – Last Rank # 25)
The biggest loser has played only five games this season. This is his swan song.

46 RICHARD YEE (BK – Last Rank # 34)
The 12-Rank drop was due to his struggles to score.

45 BILLY MAMARIL (GIN – Not Rated Last Ranking)
Hot Mama stepped up in the Kings’ last games.

44 NIC BELASCO (TNT – Not Rated Last Ranking)
Will St. Nic be bothered now that Orlando Daroya is getting playing time?

43 JC INTAL (GIN – Not Rated Last Ranking)
The Rocket is no bust! He’s getting numbers… with Caguioa, Helterbrand, and Valenzuela out!

42 MARK BORBORAN (ALA – Last Rank # 33)
Despite falling 9 spots, expect his growth to continue with the Aces.

41 RAFI REAVIS (PUR – Not Rated Last Ranking)
For a 6’9 he can’t score. He’s an aggressive rebounder though.

40 YANCY DE OCAMPO (TNT – Last Rank # 38)
Used sparingly in their last few games.

39 GABBY ESPINAS (SLR – Last Rank # 24)
Injured. Down 15 notches. He needs to heal soon so SLR can score the fifth place seeding.

38 LARRY FONACIER (ALA – Last Rank # 29)
Don’t get me wrong. His play has improved this season… but a stat hunter? He is not!

37 RONJAY BUENAFE (BK – Last Rank # 31)
One of the two offensive weapons of the Whoppers. Now if only they could win games…

36 ENRICO VILLANUEVA (GIN – Last Rank # 45)
Remember when he was at SMB and Jong DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO USE HIM PROPERLY??? Why? Ahem.

35 LORDY TUGADE (SMB – Last Rank # 35)
He shows flashes of brilliance every now and then but he needs to have consistency.

34 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO (TNT – Last Rank # 42)
Eight spots up because he’s taking some of Jared Dillinger’s share of shots.

33 CYRUS BAGUIO (GIN – Last Rank # 32)
His averages are slowly looking good. He needs to have minutes so he won’t look for a shot every time he gets the ball.

32 JOSEPH YEO (SLR – Last Rank # 21)
Down 11 spots because the Realtors are losing. Did the Paolo Mendoza return affected his game (haha)?

31 DENOK MIRANDA (SMB – Last Rank # 41)
For some reason, he is getting playing time. I hated him during that second Alaska game because his shot selection was brutal.

30 JR QUINAHAN (BK – Last Rank # 20)
Had a bad game against Coke. It really hurts BK that their leading stat getter is a defensive stopper.

29 MARC PINGRIS (PUR – Last Rank # 47)
Scoring 18 spots up, his consecutive 30-minute games are key to his current stat haul.

28 ALEX CABAGNOT (COK – Last Rank # 27)
His numbers without the win points guarantees him a top ten entry. With Asi back, a couple of wins could be in the offing.

27 RICO MAIERHOFER (PUR – Last Rank # 23)
Pingris got his playing time from Maierhofer. If you ask me, Maier could have performed well than Marc if had 30 minutes a night.

26 HARVEY CAREY (TNT – Last Rank # 39)
Up 13 places because not only is he rebounding well… he is scoring well too!


25 PAUL ARTADI (PUR – Last Rank # 37)
He gets his stats when Purefoods goes on a scoring binge… which is a sharp contrast to Roger Yap.
STATS: 21.1mpg (13g) – 7.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8spg & 2.2tpg

24 JASON CASTRO (TNT – Last Rank # 22)
The Maestro’s last few games aren’t that spectacular because of Renren Ritualo and Pong Escobal’s “breakout” moments.
STATS: 25.0mpg (12g) – 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.0spg & 2.2tpg

23 ERIC MENK (GIN – Last Rank # 28)
Productivity is Menk’s Major Issue. Sure, he fields good stats but his playing time and health makes you wonder.
STATS: 19.8mpg (10g) – 12.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg & 2.1tpg

22 MICK PENNISI (SMB – Last Rank # 26)
The most “pornstar-ic” name in the league may break the Top 25 but it is all because SMB is winning.
STATS: 24.2mpg (13g) – 7.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0bpg & 1.2tpg

21 GABE NORWOOD (ROS – Last Rank # 19)
Like Cabagnot, he is a great stat-getter playing for a team that plays well in the first 46 minutes of the game only to lose in the crucial moments.
STATS: 38.2mpg (12g) – 13.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg, & 2.6tpg

20 ROGER YAP (PUR – Last Rank # 36)
After two weeks of tragedy, he went berserk to dish out great stats! Unlike Artadi, Yap is best suited when the Giants go on a halfcourt set.
STATS: 24.2mpg (13g) – 10.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.5apg & 2.5tpg

19 SONNY THOSS (ALA – Last Rank # 16)
Thoss could potentially dish out good stats but he’s overshadowed by his better playing team mates.
STATS: 26.2mpg (11g) – 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg & 1.8tpg

18 ALI PEEK (TNT – Last Rank # 18)
Peek’s points might be low but his rebounds and blocks are his forte.
STATS: 24.6mpg (12g) – 9.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8bpg & 1.7tpg

17 JAMES YAP (PUR – Last Rank # 30)
Why is he not scoring 20 points a night? He needs to break out from his shooting slump! If you saw the halftime feature last Sunday, Yap said Paul Artadi fares better than him beyond the arc. WHAT!?!
STATS: 31.8mpg (13g) – 14.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg & 2.0tpg

16 RYAN REYES (SLR – Last Rank # 15)
He had a dismal scoring night in their last game but expect him to bounce back in their next assignment.
STATS: 32.5mpg (11g) – 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg & 1.6tpg

15 KERBY RAYMUNDO (PUR – Last Rank # 13)
He missed two games to heal an injury (that benefited Pingris) and he returned as his usual stat-grabbing self via a loss to end their 4-game win streak.
STATS: 33.3mpg (11g) – 14.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.3apg, 0.7bpg & 3.5tpg

14 DORIAN PENA (SMB – Last Rank # 14)
The fruitiest name in the league could have had a couple of really crappy games but thanks to SMB’s super record, his rank is on a standstill.
STATS: 21.6mpg (13g) – 7.5ppg, 8.7rpg & 1.8tpg

13 MIKE CORTEZ (SMB – Last Rank # 17)
The Cool Cat has been giving the Beermen that extra boost despite having a ton of players playing in his position.
STATS: 21.3mpg (13g) – 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg & 1.5tpg

12 REYNEL HUGNATAN (ALA – Last Rank # 8)
Moved out of the stats not because he played bad but there were other marquee players that stepped up.
STATS: 22.9mpg (11g) – 13.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg & 1.8tpg

11 RONALD TUBID (GIN – Last Rank # 11)
Tubid with Kevin White is not good for the eyes because White thinks he’s the primary offensive option (which is Tubid’s job). With Johnny Abarrientos though, Tubid is getting awesome touches that often translate to shots.
STATS: 31.5mpg (12g) – 17.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg & 1.0tpg


10 TONY DELA CRUZ (ALA – Last Rank # 7)
There is a saying – “He, who turns the ball less, gets the ball more”. Sigh, I try to act Zen but I fail. But for real, the guy gets 30 minutes a night and owns 0.5 turnovers per game. That should be something, right?
STATS: 31.7mpg (11g) – 9.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg & 0.5tpg

9 JIMMY ALAPAG (TNT – Last Rank # 9)
His game is a little weak this past few games but that could be due because he’s hurting. You need to realize how important he is for the Texters… although Jason Castro could be using this as opportunity to assert his self more.
STATS: 32.8mpg (13g) – 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.9apg & 2.4tpg

8 JONAS VILLANUEVA (SMB – Last Rank # 12)
He breaks to the top ten because like Dela Cruz, he gives more to his team than points. He is a consistent stat-grabber as far as rebounds, assists, and steals are concerned. And I think people are getting the point that his awesome 2009 Fiesta Cup wasn’t just because SMB had less players.
STATS: 25.8mpg (13g) – 8.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.4apg, 1.2spg & 2.2tpg

7 JOE DEVANCE (ALA – Last Rank # 6)
JDV outplayed the bigs of SMB to claim their 10-1 record. He is tied for first in terms of rebounds for the Aces and he ranks fourth on points and second in blocks. The Speaker of the House really looking like a “darker” Bong Hawkins!
STATS: 29.4mpg (11g) – 13.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, 0.8bpg & 1.4tpg

6 DONDON HONTIVEROS (SMB – Last Rank # 10)
From that 2000-01 supreme SMB title drive, he is the only player that has played steadily until now (Seigle and Ildefonso are bothered by injuries, Pena never gotten past as the guy that gets the boards and Racela has been letting the younger guys take his spot). Expect his to do wonders in the playoffs.
STATS: 28.9mpg (13g) – 15.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg & 2.5tpg

5 LA TENORIO (ALA – Last Rank # 5)
People love his current style of play. The Aces, the fans, and the league believe that Flying LA can become the guard they’ve been searching for years. Like I said, Tim Cone is molding this team to the team he salivated upon 13 years back. He leads the team in scoring for the second time this season.
STATS: 33.5mpg (11g) – 16.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.1apg, 0.9spg & 2.5tpg

4 MACMAC CARDONA (TNT – Last Rank # 4)
The guy averages 28ppg when facing Coke and 36ppg when facing Burger King. These teams have SG defenders not in Captain Hook’s level. The only thing that could be his problem is that when he explode, the next game is dimmed subpar… only because claiming 12 points is so not Macmac-like.
STATS: 33.9mpg (12g) – 21.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.4apg, 0.8spg & 3.4tpg

3 WILLIE MILLER (ALA – Last Rank # 3)
During the SMB game, Miller failed to deliver the offense. However, this is the Thriller that CAN play minus the scoring cudgels. Foes fear his capacity to go berserk that people still think he’s a threat even if he’s not looking for his shot. Check his stats and he leads the team in rebounds and assists.
STATS: 33.3mpg (11g) – 15.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.7apg & 2.7tpg

2 KELLY WILLIAMS (SLR – Last Rank # 2)
Machine Gun has been without question, Sta. Lucia’s Mr. Do It All. Again, if not for SMB’s win-loss card, he’ll be on top of the rankings. His turnovers are high because teams know whom to guard in this team. It doesn’t help that the SLR bench hasn’t been that productive on a consistent basis (Chris, at this point, yeah, you can diss Marlou).
STATS: 40.5mpg (11g) – 17.3ppg, 13.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.8spg, 0.9bpg & 3.5tpg

1 ARWIND SANTOS (SMB – Last Rank # 1)
The Spiderman should be more than happy in his stint as a Beerman. I thought his numbers would diminish but instead, his job just got a lot easier. It’s hard to guard Arwind especially if you have a lot of players with more or less the same calibre manning all lanes. Alaska has somewhat diffused this “Spider” problem by quickening the pace by playing small ball on the Beermen. Siot was baited to put Arwind in the center spot (it didn’t help that he has slow big men and his thrill to play two guards and two slashers at once) which didn’t work for the SMB as much as he thought it would. It did work on the OTHER EIGHT TEAMS IN THE RUNNING SO ITS GOOD NONETHELESS!
STATS: 32.8mpg (13g) – 18.8ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 1.7bpg & 1.9tpg

There are four Alaska players, three SMB players, and 2 TNT Texters. Yes, you are seeing the tools in order for your favourite team to win. Things will change again after Christmas.

Until that moment…





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