Red-hot Escamis carries Robins over Cubs, onto Filoil title

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 30, 2018 04:24 PM
Red-hot Escamis carries Robins over Cubs, onto Filoil title
Clint Escamis proved that he is ready to lead Mapua, dropping 30 points to drop NCAA rival San Beda (Photo courtesy of Gelay Davocol)

With the graduation of Will Gozum, Mike Enriquez, and Warren Bonifacio, Clint Escamis is now the main man for Mapua High School.

The third-year player proved that much on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, tallying a game-high 30 points to tow the Red Robins right through rival San Beda High School, 78-72.

With his team down by one inside the last two minutes, Escamis scored half in the 8-1 finishing kick that pushed Mapua onto the mountaintop of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Centre.

It’s that kind of leadership that the 5-foot-11 swingman wants to bring into the looming NCAA 94. “Malaking responsibility to step up ngayong wala na sina Will at Mike at yung iba pa, pero malaking opportunity rin siya,” Escamis, who was also rightfully recognized as Tournament MVP, told reporters post-game.

It was definitely not a one-man show for the Red Robins, though, as three of their big men posted double-doubles. Paolo Hernandez had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Joinel Policarpop had 12 points and 10 rebounds of his own, and Grant Dennison had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

With that, the 2017 champions of the NCAA Juniors got for themselves a big boost in confidence. “Malaking bagay ‘to para sa amin to prove we can compete in the NCAA,” assistant coach Ian Racela said.

The Red Cubs won’t have to wait long for the chance to get back at their rivals as the NCAA 94 tips off a week from now.

Jade Talampas showed the way for them in this one with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double while Justine Sanches had his own 16 markers and 19 boards.

In the battle for third, Nazareth School of National University got the better of Far Eastern University-Diliman, 97-90.

Bacolod recruit Harold Alarcon broke out with 23 points while Reyland Torres and Kevin Quiambao chipped in 15 and 14 markers, respectively.

For the Baby Tamaraws, RJ Abarrientos topped the scoring column with 24 points.

BOX SCORES

FINALS

MAPUA 78 — Escamis 30, Hernandez 12, Policarpio 12, Dennison 11, Sarias 6, Mariano 4, Arches 3, Chaves 0, Diaz 0, Lazarte 0, Samonteza 0, Smith 0, Tagal 0.

SAN BEDA 72 — Talampas 20, Sanchez 16, Amsali 13, Oliva 7, Valencia 3, Pelipel 3, Calaguin 2, Llarena 2, Ynot 2, Alcantara 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 13-18, 35-37, 53-52, 78-72.

BATTLE FOR THIRD

NU 97 – Alarcon 23, Torres 15, Quiambao 14, Dayrit 12, Abiera 8, Gonzales 6, Enriquez 5, Vinoya 5, Mailim 4, Songcuya 2, Felicilda 2, Buensalida 1, Lantaya 0.

FEU 90 – Abarrientos 24, Alforque 21, Ona 13, Anonuevo 9, Torres 6, Armendez 5, San Pablo 3, Bradley 3, Libago 2, Barasi 2, Tolentino 2, Hontiveros 0, Mantua 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-26, 46-47, 79-64, 97-90.

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