Dela Torre upstages Rivero as Braves march forward

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 16, 2015 04:30 PM
Dela Torre upstages Rivero as Braves march forward
DUEL. Guillmer Dela Torre was one shot better than Ricci Rivero.

With their battle in the stepladder playoffs in the NCAA 91 Juniors Basketball Tournament going down the wire, Arellano High School and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills let their top guns take over.

Guillmer Dela Torre and Ricci Rivero engaged in a heated battle, but it was Dela Torre who proved to have the fatal bullet as the Braves prevailed over the Junior Blazers, 75-74, on Friday at the MOA Arena

A layup by Rivero nudged CSB ahead, 70-69, inside the last four minutes before Dela Torre hit back-to-back runners to give the Braves a 73-70 advantage. The Junior Blazer star then responded with his own four straight points to retake the lead for his team, 74-73, with 62 ticks on the clock.

After a timeout, Dela Torre was fouled while driving into the lane and promptly made two free throws. Following empty possessions from each squad, Rivero was given the ball in the game’s decisive possession only to be immediately triple-teamed.

CSB’s last chance ended in the hands of Luis Velasco whose heave was tipped and did not even come close to the rim.

Dela Torre had 20 points while Lars Sunga added 14 of his own to help Arellano move on to face second-seeded Malayan Red Robins for the right to enter the Finals.

In his final game in the Juniors, Rivero finished with 31 markers and nine boards.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 75 – Dela Torre 20, Sunga 14, Abadeza 12, Espiritu 7, Dañas 7, Bataller 6, Fornis 4, Tamayo 3, Calapine 2

CSB 74 – Rivero 31, Velasco 10, Pagulayan 9, Manuel 9, Madrigal 8, Herrera 5, Ollano 2, Pedrosa 0, Boo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-20, 40-43, 61-61, 75-74

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