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The FHM UAAP Season 77 Report Card: First Round Grades Are In!

It's been a wild and eventful first half for Season 77! So which teams have been playing good (and crappy) so far? <em>FHM</em> hands each school their marks!
by Rick Olivares | Aug 14, 2014
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After the first round of play in UAAP Season 77, some teams are where we expected them to be while others aren’t.

Here are the team standings after the first round:

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So Ateneo, FEU, and DLSU make up the top three while Adamson is at the cellar. Oh, look! May panalo na ang UP!

A win-loss record is a clear indication of how well a team has performed. However, they don't tell the WHOLE story. So which schools really played the best and the crappiest b-ball so far? Join us as we hand out our mid-season grades...


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While “A” is for “Ateneo,” it's also the mark we give the Blue Eagles for their general performance beyond general expectations. Privately, the team felt good after a summer camp at home and abroad, despite shunning the usual pre-season tournaments. Yet, even with a supposedly better than average rookie haul (despite not getting much out of most of them), and still without the size to go up against the taller squads, they have been taking down foes.

It has been a character-building first round for the Blue Eagles, with the win versus Adamson being their only victory by a comfortable margin. The close wins should help the team more in the long run. And create more Kiefer Ravena-for-MVP moments:

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Their veterans have stepped up (Chris Newsome, Von Pessumal, and Nico Elorde) while some of the new additions have been pleasant revelations (Arvin Tolentino and Alfonso Gotladera). But the man who has led them is Ravena. The Phenom is clutch. He's also showing that his abysmal Season 76 is nothing but a forgotten memory.

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Tolentino is a huge pick-up for this team. It's also the right fit for the prized freshman, as he can grow his skills while also being under the tutelage of a very good coaching staff and some heady and smart players like Ravena and company. Making the Final Four is the target but this team, even before league tipoff, could make the Finals…provided their rookies shine or contribute heavily.

What they need to do is get more production from shock troopers Gwyne Capacio, Gboy Babilonia, and hopefully, players like John Apacible and Jay Javelosa if they want to battle taller teams in a protracted series (read: Final Four and the Finals).

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FEU gets a B+ for their first round finish of 5-2. They are one of two teams (the other being NU) that have bucked the loss of a league MVP and a slew of old reliables to play terrific basketball. With Nash Racela’s system firmly in place, they are finally playing team ball. With every win, their confidence grows.

For the entire summer, the Tamaraws’ yardstick was La Salle. Thrice DLSU dumped them in the summer but with every result, FEU was getting better and narrowing the margin. Come the Season 77 opener, the overhauled a double-digit deficit and took the endgame from La Salle. They also garnered similar wins over UE and NU.

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While team effort is essential, how far they go will also be determined by the continued growth of Mike Tolomia (see video above for some nasty highlights). Their penultimate second round match versus NU supports this point.

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