Dela Torre’s career-high 36 punches playoff ticket for Arellano
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 01, 2016 01:46 PM
ONTO THE NEXT. Guilmer dela Torre had a career-game and made sure Arellano remained in the driver's seat.
SAN BEDA 12-1
SAN SEBASTIAN 1-12
Arellano High School has booked a ticket into the Final Four for the second straight season.
Not only that, they remain in the driver’s seat for what would be the school’s first-ever top two finish in the elimination round.
Guilmer dela Torre made it happen for the Braves with a career-high 36 points in a 92-76 victory versus University of Perpetual Help at the San Juan Arena, Thursday.
The graduating guard was stroking the nets right from tip-off, but saved his best for last with 10 points in the final frame. Aaron Fermin contributed 12 points of his own in the same timeframe as the two of them outscored all of the Junior Altas, 22-17, and turned a three-point lead into an eventual blowout.
dela Torre’s career-high came with efficiency as he made good on all but seven of his attempts. This, on the heels of his 30-point outing last Monday.
Coach Tylon Darjuan claimed that his scoring dynamo is well worthy to become the MVP. “Sana magtuloy-tuloy pa siya. Gusto kong makuha niya yung MVP para sa last year niya,” he said.
Behind dela Torre, Arellano climbed to a place alone atop the leaderboard at 13-1. Now playoff-bound and with a good chance for the twice-to-beat incentive, Darjuan expressed, “Sana lang tuloy pa yung swerte namin.”
Meanwhile, Emilio Aguinaldo College find themselves suddenly streaking after pulling off an upset against Lyceum of the Philippines University, 78-6.
Roland Baliquig and Sean Oriondo delivered the big baskets in the final frame, but it was Maui Cruz’ game-long brilliance that gave the Brigadiers the golden opportunity to move out of the cellar.
Last season’s Most Improved Player turned in his best game of the tournament and collected 20 points, eight assists, and six rebounds to carry EAC into a tie for eighth-place at 2-11.
On the other hand, their respective losses sank the Junior Pirates to 6-7 and the Junior Altas to 4-10.
EAC 78 – Cruz 20, Beduria 14, Oriondo 13, Dulatre 10, Boado 10, Baliquig 7, Tapales 4, Calara 0, Ligot 0, Mostoles 0, Kwong 0, Matilde 0
LPU 76 – Guadana 16, Cunanan 13, Figueroa 10, Jungco 8, Cecilio 7, Salazar 7, Ruiz 6, Udal 4, Arenal 3, Santos 2, Manuel 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-17, 34-32, 55-56, 78-76
ARELLANO 92 – Dela Torre 36, Fermin 18, Abadeza 13, Sunga 8, De Leon 5, Danas 4, Batilier 4, Camarillo 2, Velasco 2, Espiritu 0, Tamayo 0, Fornis 0, Dulatre 0, Dimaunahan 0, Rivera 0
PERPETUAL 76 – Razon 22, Inliwan 14, Mendoza 12, Cuevas 11, De Leon 7, Aquita 4, Rocero 4, Disquitado 2, Duka 0, Honra 0, Jaucian 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-24, 41-36, 62-59, 92-76
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