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The Games That Play Us: The Forgotten One

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013 5 Comments

Among his fellow point guards in the UAAP and even among some of his more illustrious teammates on the NU roster, Gelo Alolino can be considered the forgotten one.

I mean, ask any UAAP fan about whom he/she thinks is the best point guard in the league, and many will probably say UE’s Roi Sumang, FEU’s RR Garcia, or even the up-and-coming Thomas Torres from DLSU. Simply put, Alolino just doesn’t make any headlines.

A quick look at his credentials, however, points to something interesting – he might just be the most underrated playmaker out there, which is something I am pretty sure his current coach, Eric Altamirano, doesn’t mind.

I am sure coach Eric, in all his brilliance, would rather have someone like Alolino who gets the job done sans the fanfare rather than a hyped up top-biller who cannot hold his own on the court.

And against the hapless Maroons of UP, Alolino definitely got the job done.

The former star for the Perpetual Help Junior Altas reeled in a dozen points on top of 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal, playing 34 minutes for the Bulldogs. I remember Alolino teaming up with Kiefer Ravena in the backcourt of the 2010 RP-Youth team in Sana’a, Yemen, where they finished fifth behind China, Korea, Taiwan, and Iran. I remember how he was the primary floor general on that team, finding guys like Ravena, Ael Banal, Mike Tolomia, and Von Pessumal on the wings for those open jumpers and Kevin Ferrer, Russel Escoto, Jeron Teng, and Gwyne Capacio down low for the easy points. It is worth noting that current Bulldogs Troy Rosario, Kyle Neypes, and Cederick Labing-isa were also on that team.

So far this season, Alolino has actually done quite well, improving on almost all the key stats of a PG. Compare his numbers from last year to this year:

Season 75 (15 games, 27mpg) 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5 asst-to ratio
Season 76 (4 games, 32mpg) 7.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5 asst-to ratio

Not surprisingly, Alolino’s improved play has also had sort of a trickle-down (or is it osmosis?) effect on several of his teammates, as Ray Parks, Emmanuel Mbe, and Troy Rosario have all increased their production, too.

The real challenge, of course, is whether Alolino can be consistent, especially since he has yet to square off against Garcia and Torres. If he can still manage to put up decent numbers against those guys, then I guess he should be mentioned in the same breath as them, too. And should he continue progressing a top-level PG, then I believe he will not only drive NU in eclipsing its third-place finish last season, but also cease to be a forgotten one.

 

NU BULLDOGS over UP FIGHTING MAROONS, 74-60

NU 74 – Parks 18, Mbe 15, Alolino 12, Rosario 10, Javillonar 9, Rono 3, Alejandro 3, Villamor 2, Khobuntin 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0.

UP 60 – Marata 14, Lao 11, Soyud 10, Ball 8, Gallarza 5, Pascual 3, Gingerich 3, Asilum 3, Wong 2, Ligad 1, Suarez 0, Paras 0, Desiderio 0, Amar 0.

QS: 21-13; 39-29; 53-47; 74-60.

Key Performances:

Ray Parks (NU) – 18pts, 9rebs, 6asts, 1stl, 1blk

Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 15pts, 12rebs, 1stl

Raul Soyud (UP) – 10pts, 20rebs, 2asts

 


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Started playing basketball the same way many other Pinoys do -- on the street with his relatives, friends, and neighbors. After accepting the fact I will never be Philippine Basketball's savior against the might of China and Korea on the court, I turned to writing off the court. I'm not exactly the most objective armchair analyst on this side of the basketball universe, but it's not for want of trying. I write about other basketball leagues on HoopNut.blogspot.com. If you also have any queries about the English language, blame it on the day job. Follow me on Twitter: hoopnut

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