Abu Hijleh keeps Cubs entangled with Braves for top spot

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 22, 2016 05:49 PM
Abu Hijleh keeps Cubs entangled with Braves for top spot
BIG RED MACHINE. As always, it was Sam Abu Hijleh who fueled San Beda to another win.

TEAM STANDINGS
ARELLANO 11-1
SAN BEDA 11-1
MALAYAN 9-2
CSB-LSGH 7-4
LPU 6-5
LETRAN 5-6
PERPETUAL 4-7
JRU 2-10
SAN SEBASTIAN 1-11
EAC 0-11

Just as much as seven-time champion San Beda High School’s contention could be only expected, Sam Abu Hijleh’s power performances could also be counted upon in the NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The veteran big man posted yet another double-double and the Red Cubs recorded another wire-to-wire win, this time an 80-66 decision over Lyceum of the Philippines University on Monday at the San Juan Arena.

Abu Hijleh fired 27 points in 71 percent shooting to go along with 13 rebounds to make sure the defending champions remain atop the leaderboard now at 11-1. “He carried us through in this game,” an appreciative coach JB Sison said of him.

Rob Nayve and Peter Alfaro added 14 and 10 points, respectively, as San Beda was able to keep a comfortable distance from their opponents even though the contest didn’t turn into a blowout.

Still sharing top spot with the Cubs is Arellano High School who just had enough to prevail over vastly-improved Jose Rizal High School, 85-80.

The Braves fell into a 10-point hole at the end of the first period before regrouping and going on a rampage in the middle quarters, 57-34. The Light Bombers again threatened in the final frame, but Aaron Fermin and Lars Sunga connived to keep them at bay.

Rookie stud Fermin and last year’s Rookie of the Year Sunga merged for 29 points and 14 rebound to back up scoring machine Guilmer dela Torre who wound up with 27 markers.

Meanwhile, Malayan High School stayed on the heels of the league-leaders with a 91-66 romp of San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Jasper Salenga and Sherwin Concepcion had 17 points apiece as the Red Robins improved to 10-2 and tightened their grip on solo third.

Following their respective losses, the Juniors Pirates now stand at 6-5, the Light Bombers now stand at 2-10, and the Staglets now stand at 1-11.

In other results, College of St. Benilde (7-4) kept rolling after surviving Emilio Aguinaldo College (0-11), 70-65, Colegio de San Juan (5-6) got back on the right track via a 78-70 victory versus University of Perpetual Help (4-7)

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SAN BEDA 80 – Abu Hijleh 27, Nayve 14, Alfaro 10, Lagumen 9, Tagala 7, Velasquez 6, Mahinay 4, Obenza 2, Garcia 2, Dela Rosa 1, Nelle 0, Etrata 0, Sese 0, Barbero 0

LPU 66 – Guadana 13, Cecilio 10, Salazar 9, Santos 8, Umpad 7, Cunanan 6, Ruiz 4, Jungco 4, Udal 4, Figueroa 1

QUARTER SCORES: 19-18, 42-35, 60-54, 80-66

SECOND GAME

ARELLANO 85 – Dela Torre 22, Sunga 15, Fermin 14, Fornis 7, Batilier 6, Abadeza 5, Danas 4, Espiritu 4, Dimaunahan 4, Velasco 2, De Leon 2, Tamayo 0, Dulatre 0, Rivera 0

JRU 80 – Guzman Jere 20, Baliad 19, Buno 14, Sta. Maria 12, Tolentino 7, Torre 4, Caballero 2, Buazon 2, Garcia 0, Principe 0, Sicat 0, Guzman Jeri 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-23, 39-39, 70-57, 85-80

THIRD GAME

MALAYAN 91 – Salenga 17, Concepcion 17, Junsay 12, Garcia 11, Escarnis 10, Gozum 10, Bonifacio 9, Enriquez 3, Ramos 2, Dagta 0, Arcangel 0, Andaya 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 66 – Selorio 21, Villapondo 9, Pelias 7, Isidro 5, Cortes 5, Competente 4, Canoy 3, Cuntapay 2, Binarao 2, Tamparong 2, Jabagat 2, Rodriguez 2, Saliddin 2, Castelo 0, Espiritu 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-5, 52-26, 76-42, 91-66

FOURTH GAME

LETRAN 78 – Cordero 11, Reyson 11, Barnachea 10, David 9, Dolendo 9, Boffa 8, Guarino 6, Labrador 6, Tamayo 6, Montes 2, De Loyola 0

PERPETUAL 70 – Bongay 19, Razon 17, Cuevas 10, Rocero 7, Aquita 6, Honra 4, Mendoza 3, Inliwan 2, De Leon 2, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Jaucian 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 43-29, 62-54, 78-70

FIFTH GAME

CSB-LSGH 70 – Mallillin 14, Marcos 14, Naboa 14, Cruz B 10, Cagulangan 8, Espinosa 8, Pedrosa 4, Lepalam 2, Lao 0, Belgica 0, Cruz R 0, Magpantay 0

EAC 65 – Dulatre 17, Baliquig 13, Beduria 10, Cruz 6, Matilde 6, Mostoles 4, Boado 2, Calara 2, Oriondo 2, Tapales 2, Anonuevo 1, Kwong 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-16, 35-27, 54-43, 70-65

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