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Round One. And Done. Part Deux.

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And now we come to one's-and-done. Or three's-and-done.

Jamie Orme (now Malonzo) has proven to be the best of the lot of the three Filipino-Americans that the Green Archers brought in as single-season players for Season 82. At 6-feet-6-inches, long, and athletic, with a pretty good bead from three-point range, Malonzo is looking more and more like a future teammate of Paras's on the Gilas national squad. Ateneo was actually hot after him coming out of Prep School some five years ago, but he chose to play college ball in the US, and is making his Philippine debut in the UAAP.

Meeker and Laput have so far proven to be busts. Meeker, a 5-foot-10 guard, can't seem to get anything going, in spite of being a double-digit scorer in his American college, while Laput, at 6-feet-8-inches, hasn't done anything more than resident big man Brandon Bates has done. So basically Lasalle recruited three guys to play only one season while getting production from only one of them.

Veterans Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut, and especially Justin Baltazar, are all carrying the cudgels for the Green and White thus far. Baltazar is having an MVP season, although he's had problems against imports. Melecio and Caracut are still very good shooters who can come through in the clutch for Lasalle. Jordan Bartlett, Kurt Lojera, Encho Serrano, even Wacky Manuel are all bringing solid games.

Their lack of an import however might be more telling than they are letting on. Although Lasalle has the most quality size across the board among all the teams, they still do not have that one super elite player who can go toe to toe against say Kouame, or even FEU's Pat Tchouente, the two tallest imports in the field.

One other one-and-done getting plenty of buzz is Valandre Chauca, the 5-foot-9-inch point guard of the Adamson Falcons. Chauca, who has Peruvian and Filipino blood but was born and raised in the United States, is originally from UC Berkeley, and also had a pitstop at Enderun College. He's proven to be an explosive scorer and shifty penetrator and creator, very good with the ball in his hands and coming off screens firing.

Chauca and Lenda Douanga, their 6-foot-7-inch import, are the anchors for Head Coach Franz Pumaren. Douanga doesn't make eyes pop out with his play, unlike Chauca, but his strength and size inside and his ability to hit that quarter-turning hook shot are proving invaluable for the Falcons.

If Simon Camacho, Jerom Lastimosa, Vince Magbuhos, and Adrian Manlapaz can provide additional support on a game in-game out basis, especially on the scoring end, Adamson should be able to turn things around in the second round.

UE and NU can thank their lucky stars they have Rey Suerte and Dave Ildefonso, respectively, otherwise they's both be winless.

UE also has underrated import Alex Diakhite, a widebodied 6-feet-9-inches with unheralded skills and a veteran's mentality.

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So who will win it all?

There is still Round 2 to go, but the Ateneo is looking very much as if a stepladder is going to happen, not unless any of the three schools behind them in the standings can pull off an upset in Round 2.

Tab Baldwin has seen them all now, and trying to catch the veteran mentor by surprise is no longer possible, which makes the task of beating the Blue Eagles even harder.

Round 2 should see a surge form both Lasalle and Adamson. UST might spin its wheels, unless Chabiyo can suddenly become a super import averaging a 30-20 in Round 2. Nonoy, Abando, Subido, Paraiso, Cansino are proving to be more down than up as they try to be good caddies to Chabiyo. That is a trend that might continue, or worse, even decline.

Chauca now knows what he is up against, and Pumaren may finally give him more free rein, much like he did with Mike Cortez back in Lasalle.

Lasalle for its part might finally be coming together, in spite of the chemistry and coaching issues that hounded them throughout Round 1. They cannot afford any more losses with four already racked against them.

It looks like the annual bonfire at Loyola Heights will still include a trophy parade.
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