San Beda stays spotless behind Abu Hijleh’s 30-14

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2016 06:14 PM
San Beda stays spotless behind Abu Hijleh’s 30-14
NATION OF DOMINATION. Sam Abu Hijleh has been at the forefront of San Beda's continued dominance.

TEAM STANDINGS
ARELLANO 7-0
SAN BEDA 6-0
MALAYAN 5-1
CSB-LSGH 4-3
PERPETUAL 4-3
LETRAN 3-4
LPU 3-4
JRU 2-5
EAC 0-7
SAN SEBASTIAN 0-7

Seven-time champion San Beda High School shot 36 percent from the field and turned the ball over 23 times on Monday at the San Juan Arena.

And still, they came out on top for the sixth time in a row in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Sam Abu Hijleh had his way inside and pounded in a 30-point, 14-rebound double-double to power the Red Cubs right through surprisingly competitive San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 74-66.

The veteran big man scored 16 of his total in the opening period alone as the defending champions dominated early on, 27-6. They were outscored for all of the remaining three quarters, but their double-digit lead proved to be more than enough.

“Buti nanalo kahit bad game,” a relieved coach JB Sison said while laughing. Josh Tagala and Evan Nelle added 12 and 11 points, respectively, as a virtual share of the top spot remained with San Beda.

Still ahead of them by one win, however, is Arellano High School who sank Lyceum of the Philippines University, 91-77.

The contest was close in the first half and the Junior Pirates only trailed by one early in the third before Carlo Abadeza turned it on. The graduating big man unleashed 14 points to almost match the output of LPU who only mustered 16 in the quarter.

Leading 73-57 entering the final frame, Arellano would not look back. Abadeza turned in his best game of the season with 31 points, 13 rebounds, and four steals while rookie center Aaron Fermin impressed with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks.

Now unbeaten through seven games, the Braves again extended their best-start to a season.

Standing pat in third-place is Malayan High School who took out their frustrations following their first defeat on Emilio Aguinaldo College, 98-74.

Little-known Bryan Samudio busted out with 22 points and 14 rebounds, but was not alone as a total of seven Red Robins contributed at least eight points in their rise back onto the win column now at 5-1.

The win was much-needed for Malayan because they need all the confidence they can get after suffering their one and only setback thus far at the hands of Arellano a week ago and are set to take on San Beda in another heavyweight bout on Thursday.

Meanwhile, entangled for the fourth-seed are University of Perpetual Help and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills who scored separate wins.

Jielo Razon shot the Junior Altas to their fourth win in seven games, this time against Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 88-68. The off-guard scattered 23 points built on four triples to go along with 10 rebounds.

The Blazers also leaned on an impressive individual outing with Troy Mallillin scoring 20 points to lead his team in upending Jose Rizal High School, 70-63. The long-limbed forward added eight rebounds and two blocks to keep going in his breakout season.

Both Perpetual and CSB-LSGH stand at fourth-place, holding 4-3 records. The Squires fell to 3-4, tied with the Junior Pirates, while the Light Bombers descended to 2-5.

San Sebastian and EAC remain winless.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

PERPETUAL 88 – Razon 23, Bongay 15, Cuevas 10, Inliwan 10, Duka 6, Disquitado 5, Jaucian 5, De Leon 4, Mendoza 4, Nunez 4, Aquita 2, Sta. Teresa 0

LETRAN 68 – Cordero 15, Reyson 12, Tamayo 11, David 10, Villanueva M 7, Monje 4, De Loyola 3, Guarino 2, Labrador 2, Boffa 1, Montes 1, Barnachea 0, Culanay 0, Dolendo 0, Villanieva E 0

QUARTER SCORES: 28-19, 48-48, 70-48, 88-68

SECOND GAME

SAN BEDA 74 – Abu Hijleh 30, Tagala 12, Nelle 11, Nayve 9, Lagumen 3, Velasquez 2, Etrata 2, Garcia 2, Mahinay 2, Barbero 1, Dela Rosa 0, Obenza 0, Alfaro 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 66 – Binarao 25, Canoy 17, Villapando 6, Isidro 6, Tamparong 5, Selorio 3, Saliddin 2, Espiritu 2, Pelias 0, Castelo 0, Cunatapay 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-6, 42-25, 54-42, 74-66

THIRD GAME

CSB-LSGH 70 – Mallillin 20, Cagulangan 14, Lao 9, Espinosa 8, Lepalam 6, Pedrosa 5, David V 4, Marcos 4, Crus B 2, Cruz R 0, Belgica 0, David D 0, Magpantay 0

JRU 63 – Camua 18, Guzman Jere 10, Agustin 9, Baliad 7, Caballero 6, Buazon 6, Principe 5, Sicat 2, Guzman Jeri 0, Garcia 0, Buno 0, Tolentino 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 40-25, 52-48, 70-63

FOURTH GAME

MALAYAN 98 – Samudio 22, Lacap 17, Junsay 14, Salenga 12, Concepcion 9, Bonifacio 8, Gozum 8, Dagta 3, Garcia 2, Ramos 2, Escarnis 0, Caso 0, Andaya 0

EAC 74 – Cruz 18, Boado 16, Beduria 12, Baliquig 11, Dulatre 7, Tapales 7, Tanque 3, Oriondo 0, Mostoles 0, Matilde 0, Anonuevo 0, Calara 0, Andaya 0, Ligot 0, Kwong 0

QUARTER SCORES: 34-10, 56-35, 77-54, 98-74

FIFTH GAME

FIFTH GAME

ARELLANO 91 – Abadeza 31, Sunga 12, Fermin 12, Dela Torre 10, Espiritu 6, De Leon 6, Batillier 4, Dulatre 4, Danas 2, Tamayo 2, Dimaunahan 2, Rivera 0, Fornis 0, Camarillo 0, Velasco 0

LPU 77 – Santos 15, Salazar 12, Cunanan 10, Guadana 8, Cecilio 8, Jungco 7, Figueroa 5, Ruiz 5, Manuel 5, De Leon 2, Umpad 0, Ortiz 0, Udal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 29-17, 45-41, 73-57, 91-77

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