Cagulangan catches fire as LSGH barges into NBTC Finals
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 22, 2018 05:33 PM
Joel Cagulangan was unstoppable in towing LSGH onto another historic moment - their first-ever NBTC Finals
La Salle Greenhills punched its ticket to the 2018 Exped SM NBTC National Finals after romping through Chiang Kai Shek College, 81-64, on Thursday at the MOA Arena.
Joel Cagulangan scorched the Blue Dragons, scoring 25 points on an efficient 9-for-16 shooting clip, anchored on six triples. The NCAA Season 93 Finals MVP also displayed his passing skills, dishing out six assists.
Jacob Lao also waxed hot from the perimeter, going a perfect 5-for-5 from deep for 17 points.
“We’re happy we’re winning games, it’s our fourth consecutive day playing all-out,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said as the Greenies made it into the NBTC Finals for the very first time. “I’m just happy with the experience the boys are getting into.”
LSGH, champions of the NCAA Juniors. shot the lights out against Chiang Kai Shek. Led by Cagulangan, the Greenies shot 51 percent from the field while holding their opponent to just 31 percent.
Blue Dragons standout John Galinato led his side with 15 points but ended shooting just 5-for-21 from the field.
“(Jason) Celis, (Frederic) Antiporda, and Galinato, we had to contain that three-headed monster, we forced them to take those long shots,” quipped Bienvenida.
LSGH will face the winner of the matchup between Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles and NU Bullpups.
“We’re the guest team, we’re the underdogs, hopefully we’ll get it tomorrow,” Bienvenida humbly said.
“Syempre sobrang gutom, first time din po yun champion sa NCAA then NBTC pa,” added Cagulangan.
In Division 2 of the NBTC Finals, Letran Balanga Bataan will take on La Salle Lipa Chevrons.
The Squires were the first to enter the Finals, beating Saint Louis School Dumaguete, 59-45, behind Aerone Santos’s double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The Chevrons on the other hand were able to eke out a 79-78 win over St. Benilde International School Calamba. Ian Abila had a big game of 21 points and 15 rebounds while Stephen Javier chipped in with 20 points and five assists.
The Finals of both Division 1 and Division 2 2018 Exped SM NBTC National Finals will take place on Friday still at the same venue
LSGH 81 – Cagulangan 25, Lao 17, Marcos 15, Fornilos 9, Mosqueda 8, Sangco 3, Espinosa 2, Natividad 2, Lepalam 0, Perez 0
CKSC 64 – Galinato 15, Agbong 11, Ramirez 9, Lim 7, Banez 6, Luciano 4, Celis 4, Flores 4, Asuncion 4, Antiporda 0
QUARTER SCORES: 25-12, 32-29, 58-40, 81-64