Magis Eagles fly higher than Red Robins, forge Finals duel with San Beda

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 15, 2017 05:34 PM
Magis Eagles fly higher than Red Robins
VISAYAS' BEST. SHS-Ateneo denied what would have been a rivalry championship round between Malayan and San Beda.

For the second time in three years, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu has a golden opportunity to raise the flag for Visayas in the 2017 National Basketball Training Center League National Finals.

Drawing strong showings from Eroll Pastor and Alex Visser, the Magis Eagles frustrated Malayan High School of Science in an 81-75 decision on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

With the big-time triumph over its slightly-favored opponent, SHS-Ateneo denied what would have been a rivalry championship round between Malayan and San Beda High School.

Instead, the Cebu-based school will have a golden opportunity to upset the Red Cubs for the second time in three years.

In 2015, the Magis Eagles toppled San Beda for the NBTC championship.

Versatile forwards Pastor and Visser got them that golden opportunity with 17-19 and 12-14 points-rebounds double-doubles, respectively.

Still, it wasn’t until the third quarter where the Cebuanos broke away. Holding their opponents to only eight points, they got a double-digit distance for themselves entering the final frame.

Of course, the Red Robins battled back to within 75-80. Time was not on their side, however, as Jeremy Nacua’s split sealed the deal for SHS-Ateneo.

Nacua wound up with 10 points while Vincent Velasco added 15 markers of his own for the Visayan powerhouse.

Jasper Salenga again showed the way for Malayan with 19 points. With an offense that went missing in the third, however, they bow out of contention just with their first setback.

BOX SCORES

SHS-ATENEO 81 – Pastor 17, Velasco 15, Visser 12, Nacua 10, Mantua 9, Yu 5, Manaytay 3, Chua 3, Javelosa 3, Calumpang 2, Cutamora 2

MALAYAN 75 – Salenga 19, Lacap 13, Junsay 10, Gozum 10, Garcia 8, Concepcion 8, Bonigacio 4, Escamis 2, Samudio 1, Enriquez 0, Ramos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 38-39, 57-47, 81-75

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