Braves blast Brigadiers to return to winning form

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 15, 2016 08:45 PM
Braves blast Brigadiers to return to winning form
BACK IN BLACK. Rookie Aaron Fermin was a big part of how Arellano avoided their first losing skid in the season.

TEAM STANDINGS
ARELLANO 9-1
SAN BEDA 9-1
MALAYAN 8-2
CSB-LSGH 7-3
LPU 6-4
LETRAN 4-6
PERPETUAL 4-6
JRU 2-8
SAN SEBASTIAN 1-9
EAC 0-10

Already having experienced their first defeat in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament, Arellano High School were not going to let themselves go through a losing skid.

Starting strong and then finishing fine, the Braves took out their frustrations on Emilio Aguinaldo High School for an eventual 90-64 decision in their favor at the San Juan Arena, Monday.

Rookie Aaron Fermin provided immediate impact off the bench and pounded in eight points in a 29-10 first quarter for Arellano.

The Brigadiers gave the game some color in the middle quarters until Dela Torre delivered the finisher with 11 points in the last 10 minutes. That 35-13 final frame cemented the Braves’ barge back into the win column following their surprising loss the last time around.

Dela Torre was the high man with 19 points, but it was undoubtedly their defense that showed the way to 9-1 for Arellano. Talking about suffocating their opponents to an abysmal 28.9 percent shooting, coach Tylon Darjuan said, “We made the necessary defensive adjustments, that was the key.”

First-year center Fermin kept impressing with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Lars Sunga added 17 points of his own to keep EAC winless through 10 games.

Standing beside Arellano atop the leaderboard with the same record is San Beda High School who registered a wire-to-wire 56-point drubbing of San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 111-55.

Unheralded Luke Sese top scored with 19 points while Evan Nelle turned in his best game of the season with 15 points, six assists, and five rebounds. The Red Cubs feasted on their opponents, 32-7, after only the opening salvo and never looked back.

Coach JB Sison fielded in 15 out of 15 of his players and all of them contributed in the scoring column for San Beda who struck gold in the Staglets’ 33 errors which were quickly converted into 42 points.

Damie Cuntapay was the lone player in double-digits for San Sebastian who continued their downward spiral to 1-9.

Meanwhile, Malayan High School strengthened their stranglehold on solo third after surviving Jose Rizal High School, 81-79, in overtime.

The Red Robins were under siege and down by one early in the extra period before their defense allowed no makes in the last four minutes while Warren Bonifacio and Romuel Junsay provided the difference-making points.

Junsay finished with 20 points while Bonifacio added a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double in Malayan’s ascent to 8-2. The loss sent the Light Bombers down to 2-8.

In other results, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills shot down University of Perpetual Help, 95-80, while Lyceum of the Philippines University overpowered Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 105-91.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MALAYAN 81 – Junsay 20, Bonifacio 12, Enriquez 11, Salenga 7, Gozum 7, Concepcion 6, Samudio 5, Lacap 5, Dagta 3, Garcia 3, Andaya 0, Ramos 0

JRU 79 – Buno 23, Caballero 16, Agustin 13, Sicat 8, Baliad 7, Buzon 6, Sta. Maria 4, Guzman Jere 0, Guzman Jeri 0, Tolentino 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-11, 37-38, 60-61, 76-76, 81-79

SECOND GAME

ARELLANO 90 – Dela Torre 19, Fermin 17, Sunga 17, Abadeza 7, Batillier 7, Danas 4, De Leon 4, Velasco 4, Fornis 3, Tamayo 2, Rivera 2, Dulatre 2, Camarillo 2, Espiritu 0

EAC 64 – Boado 18, Cruz 18, Beduria 6, Oriondo 5, Dulatre 4, Baliquig 4, Matilde 4, Calara 3, Mostoles 2, Tapales 0, Tanque 0, Ligot 0

QUARTER SCORES: 29-10, 40-34, 55-51, 90-64

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 111 – Sese 19, Nelle 15, Abu Hijleh 14, Tagala 11, Mahinay 8, Barbero 8, Lagumen 7, Nayve 6, Etrata 5, Obenza 5, Bonalos 4, Garcia 4, Dela Rosa 3, Velasquez 1, Alfaro 1

SAN SEBASTIAN 55 – Cuntapay 11, Isidro 8, Villapondo 8, Saliddin 5, Competente 5, Cortes 5, Selorio 4, Canoy 3, Tamparong 3, Pelias 2, Espiritu 1, Binarao 0, Rodriguez 0, Jabagat 0, Castelo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 32-7, 58-18, 84-44, 111-55

FOURTH GAME

CSB-LSGH 95 – Mallillin 24, Naboa 23, Marcos 19, David V 5, Lao 5, Cagulangan 4, Cruz B 4, David D 4, Cruz R 3, Pedrosa 2, Magpantay 2, Espinosa 0

PERPETUAL 80 – Cuevas 18, Inliwan 18, Razon 14, Disquitado 10, Rocero 6, Bongay 4, Aquita 3, De Leon 0, Duka 0, Sape 0

QUARTER SCORES: 30-17, 52-38, 72-52, 95-80

FIFTH GAME

LPU 105 – Guadana 19, Santos 14, Ruiz 14, Udal 9, Cecilio 9, Salazar 9, Figueroa 9, Jungco 7, Cunanan 6, Manuel 5, Umpad 2, Arenal 2, Ortiz 0, Dumon 0, De Leon 0

LETRAN 91 – Labrador 14, Monje 11, Tamayo 11, Dolendo 11, Cordero 10, Reyson 10, David 9, De Loyola 8, Guarino 6, Boffa 2, Villanueva M 0, Montes 0, Villanueva E 0

QUARTER SCORES: 31-15, 51-43, 76-68, 105-91

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