2017 Phil. Cup Power Ranking 2.0: Still Adjusting

By Bigmatch
Nov. 28, 2016

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Now that all teams has played a game, let us re-evaluate our ranking. 

Let me remind you that this ranking is focus on the ability of the teams to win the championship and not their current form/performance. 

I will not be shock if they never move from this spot because their hole in the frontline and the disconnect in their backcourt is really glaring. 

#11 PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS (Last Week #11)
I  think, Matthew Wright has a huge role in their team because they were out of sync in their game against Blackwater. Enciso was their bright spot in that game and if he can keep up his hot shooting, they can go places. 

#10 STAR HOTSHOTS (Last Week #6)
Committing 29 turnovers will never be acceptable. I think, they are still on the middle of their adjustment period and if the pace doesn't pick up, they may not even survive the elimination round. 

The #9 and #8 spots are a toss-up between the Elite and Globalport. Blackwater got the higher spot because of their record. I did not anticipate the pace that they played against Mahindra. I really thought they will play very fast but they are not even fast. Nonetheless, with a lot of shooters and elite playmakers, they are still lethal. 

#8 BLACKWATER ELITE (Last Week #9)
A lot of people are buzzing about them, especially Mac Belo. Fortunately, there is a rule that will make sure that Mac will be with the Elite up to the 43rd season. I am impressed with their defense and if JP Erram return on time for the playoffs, they could even sneak-in to the semis!

#7 MERALCO BOLTS (Last Week #7)
Their gang rebounding is working but coach Norman should realize that Rabeh is their only legit rim-protector and he deserves more minutes! Blackwater scored 46 points in the paint against them, they made 42. 

System wise, I think coach Caloy has changed a lot of coach Yeng's scheme. We will see if the team will execute better as they get better grasp of the scheme. On the other hand, the patented minute-distribution of coach Yeng is not totally gone but I expect minimal number of Painters playing more than 30 minutes in a game. 

#5 NLEX ROAD WARRIORS (Last Week #5)
The new coach of the Road Warriors is pretty good, right? To be honest, beating Alaska without Abueva and Thoss is not that amazing but seeing three players clicked right away was enough to feel confident of retaining them at #5. Without a consistent outside shot, I was not optimistic to see Sean Anthony play pretty well under coach Yeng. But he did and coach Yeng should be happy to see a defensive-savvy small forward who can rebound, create and score. 

Making 25 turnovers usually leads to Ls and that happened to Ginebra. According to coach Tim Cone, their offense will run through Japeth but he only attempted 8 shots in their game! They are still adjusting from Justin Brownlee who was their main man last conference. 

#3 ALASKA ACES (Last Week #4)
Missing Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss, Alaska has all the right to loss by double-digit points last Friday. That did not happen and they almost steal the W from the Road Warriors. And their rookie Carl Bryan Cruz looks special with his 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4/7 3FG.

Missing Jayson Castro and their new coach, TNT has all the right to take the L against Ginebra. That did not happen and they even got the W. They flexed their depth in that game and that will be their #1 weapon if Castro is not playing. Moala Tautuaa's production will continue to trend upward if they continue to use him in the 2nd unit. 

#1 SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN (Last Week #3)
The Beermen exhibited their defense against Star as they stole the ball 15 times and converted it to 29 points. I was not a fan with the rotation of coach Leo because they have great depth! He better used that depth in the elimination round to sustain the legs of his core for the playoffs.