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Explosive Daquioag is this week’s UAAP Player of the Week

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The seniors are leading the charge for the still-perfect University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

The six-foot Ed Daquioag has emerged as the biggest revelation so far, powering the Growling Tigers to three straight victories and the solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament. The 24-year-old Ilokano gained notoriety three seasons ago after a scintillating dunk during a second round encounter against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

However, the explosive guard was hampered by injuries during the past two seasons. Fortunately for the UST faithful, Daquoiag is now a 100% and is ready to lead the charge for the Espana cagers. “I used to be one of the top defenders of the team before. But right now, we need to have some scorers so I just grabbed the opportunity given to me by coach [Bong dela Cruz],” said Daquioag, who was named as the hands-down choice for the first ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award this season.Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Explosive Daquioag is this week's UAAP Player of the Week

The rebuilding Adamson Falcons initially bore the brunt of Daquioag’s offensive machine, with the Dingras, Ilocos Norte native firing away a career-high of 28 points while leading the Growling Tigers to an opening-day 70-64 win last Sept. 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Four days after, Daquioag continued his brilliance at the expense of title favorite Far Eastern U, banging in 12 of his game-best 18 points in the payoff canto, on their way to a dramatic 72-71 victory also at the Big Dome. 

Not even a mild right ankle sprain he suffered early in the third canto could stop Daquioag from making the damage against host University of the Philippines last Sunday infront of 11,705 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena. In the match-up between two unbeaten squads, Daquioag proved to be the biggest difference in the pivotal canto where he fired 17 of his game-high 27 markers, most of them off daring drives in the lane, while steering the Tigers to a 67-59 victory over the Fighting Maroons.

Dela Cruz, 44, was among those left impressed with Daquioag’s exploits. “Ed’s confidence is very high and he’s enjoying the game,” he said. The UST seniors is averaging a league-high 24.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, and 52.6% shooting in Week 1 action. Moreover, he is playing 36.2 minutes of action.

Ed Daquioag beat out the following for this week’s plum:
Kevin Ferrer (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Explosive Daquioag is this week's UAAP Player of the Week
Week 1 Average: 17.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 48.6% FG%, 32 MPG
Wins over Adamson, Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines

Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons)
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Explosive Daquioag is this week's UAAP Player of the Week    Week 1 Average: 10.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 25.7 MPG
Wins over University of the East, De La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

Jett Manuel (University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons)Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Explosive Daquioag is this week's UAAP Player of the Week    Week 1 Average: 10 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1 SPG
Wins over University of the East, De La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

Mike Tolomia (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Explosive Daquioag is this week's UAAP Player of the Week    Week 1 Average: 15.0 PPG, 5 RPG, 5.4 APG, 58.1% FG% on 25.1 MPG
Wins over Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

Mac Belo (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Explosive Daquioag is this week's UAAP Player of the Week    Week 1 Average: 16.7 PPG, 2.3 BPG, 58.1% FG%, 66.7% 3P% on 27.9 MPG
Wins over Ateneo de Manila UniversityDe La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

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