San Beda, CSB-LSGH force three-way tie for first

San Beda, CSB-LSGH force three-way tie for first
PACESETTER. San Beda, CSB-LSGH, and Malayan all have two wins in as many games in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

STANDINGS
CSB-LSGH – 2-0
Malayan – 2-0
San Beda – 2-0
Arellano – 1-1
LPU – 1-1
Perpetual – 1-1
EAC – 0-1
Letran – 0-1
JRU – 0-2
San Sebastian – 0-2

San Beda High School is not letting Malayan High School of Science out of its sights this early in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Leaning on their tried and tested team effort, the Red Cubs warded off daring Lyceum of the Philippines University for a well-earned 78-73 win on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With the win, the runners-up from a season ago are keeping pace with the defending champions. Both hold a 2-0 card.

Evan Nelle had 15 points, six rebounds, and three steals while also providing the steady hands that steered San Beda in the tight endgame.

He was backstopped by Sam Abu Hijleh who mustered an 11-point, 18-rebound double-double as well as Peter Alfaro who recorded 11 points and a whole lot of good defense on Junior Pirate Mclaude Guadana.

Guadana, the main man for LPU, still had 20 points, but turned the ball over six times.

The emerging Junior Pirates were going toe-to-toe with the powerhouse until running out of gas late. They fall to 1-1 in the standings.

Also with a spotless slate through two games is College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills which used a 48-point second half to hammer debuting Emilio Aguinaldo College, 82-59.

Transferee Inand Fornillos posted a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Junior Blazers who put themselves alongside defending champion Malayan and runner-up San Beda in the standings.

However, it was Joel Cagulangan who steered the boys from Greenhills to a 21-9 third quarter that increased a three-point margin into a 15-point advantage.

In the end, the heady guard had 14 points, seven assists, and six rebounds to his name.

For the Brigadiers, Maui Cruz’s 22 points were far from enough to prevent them from dropping their very first game in the season.

Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help got on the win column following a rumbling rally against Jose Rizal University for a 79-78 decision.

Jielo Razon did the heavy lifting with 26 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. He was backed up by Errol Bongay who had 21 points and eight rebounds of his own as the Junior Altas bounced back from a defeat to start the season.

On the other hand, the Light Bombers fell for the second time in as many games despite the best efforts of Kobe Caballero who had 27 points built on five treys.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

PERPETUAL 79 - Razon 26, Bongay 21, Umali 9, De Leon 8, Siege 4, Gallano 4, Duka 3, Cuevas 2, Rocero 2, Inliwan 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Maneze 0

JRU 78 - Caballero 27, Agustin 12, Serrano 8, Sicat 8, Delos Santos 7, Camua 6, Amores 4, Bauzon 4, Sumabat 2, Buno 0, Tolentino 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-15, 28-34, 52-59, 79-78

SECOND GAME

CSB-LSGH 82 – Fornillos 16, Cagulangan 14, David 10, Lao 10, Marcos 8, Bordeos 6, Mosqueda 5, Perez 5, Pedrosa 2, Sangco 2, Crus 2, Morales 2, Lepalam 0, Dela Cruz 0

EAC 59 – Cruz 22, Mananquil 10, Satillian 8, Boado 4, Tapales 4, Castillo 4, De Quiros 3, Oriondo 2, Matilde 2, Baliquig 0, Dulatre 0, Diaz 0, Mostoles 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 34-31, 55-40, 82-59

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 78 – Nelle 15, Abu Hijleh 11, Alfaro 11, Tagala 9, Sese 9, Etrata 8, Obenza 7, Barbero 3, Lagumen 2, Mahinay 2, Velasquez 1, Garcia 0, Nayve 0

LPU 73 – Guadana 20, Cunanan 11, Sandoval 9, Barba 9, Jungco 9, Ruiz 8, Salazar 5, De Leon 2, Umpad 0, Cuevas 0, Nocal 0, Manuel 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-9, 27-32, 49-50, 78-73

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