Lucero tops UAAP in scoring, Kouame leads rebound, blocks after first round

Angela Koaume of Ateneo.  UAAP pictures

Angela Koaume of Ateneo. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – Javier Lucero University of the Philippines has emerged as the scoring leader after the first round of the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Lucero posted a career-high 27 points in UP’s 83-76 win over Far Eastern University on Saturday, averaging a league-best 15.29 points from seven games.

Rising FUU star RJ Abriantos, who has a season-best 33 points against National University, is second with 14.86 points per game, while Adamson guard Jerome Lastimosa was not far behind in third place with 14.43 points.

Harvey Pagsanjan of the University of the East was fourth with 13.86 points per game, while Sherwin Concepciাসেরn of the University of Santo Thomas had 13.43 points among the top five scorers in the first round.

In sixth place are Joshua Fontanilla and Atenio Ange Caume of the UST, both with an average of 12.86 points, while Justin Baltzer of La Salle is in eighth place with 12.71 points, and Nick Cabanaro of the UST and Atenio’s Dave Ildefenso are at 15 points.

Kaum led the league in rebounding with an average of 12.29 after seven games. He was ahead of Emman Ozular of FEU with an average of 12.0 rebounds; Adamson’s Lenda Duanga (10.29 rebound) and LaSalle’s older men Michael Phillips (9.86) and Baltzer (9.0).

With an offensive board of 5.43 per game, Ozuola topped the offensive rebound, ahead of Phillips (4.86) and Kaume (4.29).

UP point guard Joel Kagulangan was the assistant leader after the first round with 4.43 dimes per game, ahead of UE’s Clint Eskamis with 4.29 assists, Lastimosa (3.71), Fontanilla (3.57), and Belenzel (3.29).

In the case of Steele, Eskamis and Saturn Winston topped with a combined 2.14 Steele per game. Adamson’s Lucero and Vince Magbuhos both had 2.0 steals, while Green Archer Evan Nelle was fifth with 1.57 per outing.

Nation leads UAAP in the block with 2.57 per game. UP owner Duff is in second place with 1.6 blocks. Duanga and Phillips both had 1.43 rejections, while La Salle’s Bright Noanko was fifth with 1.29.

Lucero was second in total field goals, scoring 43 for 62.32 percent of his 69 shots, not far from NU department leader Michael Malonjo, who shot 25 (62.5-percent) of 40 shots.

The Filipino-American forward was the most efficient player in the two-point field goal percentage with 71.7 percent clip, followed by Atenio BJ Andred (70 percent) and Belanzel (65.52 percent); Malonjo (64.86 percent) and Kagulangan (62.5 percent).

Atenio captain Jian Mamuak was the most efficient three-point shooter with 44 percent clip. FEU’s Xyrus Torres came in second with 43.9 percent three-point shooting, followed by four other Blue Eagles Tyler TO and Zolo Mendoza, who came in third with 41.67 percent, Chris Coon (38.89 percent) and Ildefenso (37.84 percent).

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