San Beda seizes solo first as Arellano gets tripped by LPU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 05, 2016 08:11 PM
San Beda seizes solo first as Arellano gets tripped by LPU
TOP OF THE WORLD. Seven-time champion San Beda is back to a familiar place at solo first after erstwhile pacesetter Arellano suffered another surprising setback.

TEAM STANDINGS
SAN BEDA 13-1
ARELLANO 13-2
CSB-LSGH 11-3
MALAYAN 11-3
LPU 7-7
LETRAN 6-8
PERPETUAL 4-11
EAC 2-12
JRU 2-12
SAN SEBASTIAN 2-12

San Beda High School finally did one better than their biggest threats in the NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament – and all they had to do was take care of their own business.

Once more showing off their trademark total team effort, the Red Cubs edged out fighting Malayan Institute of Technology, 89-84, on Monday at the San Juan Arena to improve to step up to a now league-best 13-1 standing.

San Beda now stands alone atop the leaderboard because erstwhile pacesetter Arellano High School suffered another surprising setback, this time at the hands of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 66-77.

Defense was the order of the day in the Junior Pirates’ upset as they frustrated the Braves’ high-octane offense into abysmal 29 percent shooting. They put the shackles on both Guilmer dela Torre and Carlo Abadeza who combined to miss 23 of their 31 shots.

At the other end, making things happen for LPU were Junjun Cecilio with a career-high 31 points as well as Mclaude Guadana’s with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double. In pulling off the shocker, they jolt some life back into their playoff hopes now with a 7-7 record.

After going 8-0, the strongest start in the school’s history, Arellano has now slipped twice in the last seven outings as they head into the most difficult stretch of their schedule in facing the rest of the top four teams.

On the other hand, the Red Cubs have now completed an elimination round sweep of third-running Malayan. Robbe Nayve scored 14 points to lead five other teammates in double-digits and all the way to their familiar place at solo first.

“We just want to be in the top two because of the twice-to-beat advantage, but it’s also good to be number one,” a satisfied coach JB Sison expressed.

Romuel Junsay had 20 points to pace the Red Robins who remain at third-place, holding an 11-3 win-loss card.

Tying them there, however, is College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills who made quick work of Jose Rizal High School, 72-51. Troy Mallillin pounded in a 25-point, 11-rebound double-double to carry the Junior Blazers to their 11th win in 14 games.

In other results, (6-8) Colegio de San Juan de Letran prevailed over (2-12) Emilio Aguinaldo College, 69-64, while (2-12) San Sebastian College-Recoletos warded off (4-11) University of Perpetual Help, 72-68.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 72 – Mallillin 26, David 9, Cagulangan 7, Cruz B 6, Marcos 6, Lao 5, Belgica 5, Naboa 3, Lepalam 2, Pedrosa 2, Espinosa 2, Magpantay 0, Cruz R 0

JRU 51 – Sicat 12, Buno 10, Guzman Jere 10, Caballero 8, Camua 3, Sta. Maria 2, Agustin 2, Guzman Jeri 2, Torre 2, Baliad 0, Tolentino 0, Principe 0, Garcia 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-13, 40-28, 52-39, 72-51

SECOND GAME

SAN BEDA 89 – Nayve 14, Nelle 11, Etrata 11, Lagumen 11, Tagala 10, Mahinay 10, Velasquez 7, Abu Hijleh 6, Dela Rosa 6, Alfaro 3, Obenza 0

MALAYAN 84 – Junsay 20, Gozum 14, Salenga 13, Concepcion 11, Garcia 9, Enriquez 8, Lacap 5, Bonifacio 2, Samudio 2, Escarnis 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-25, 39-43, 68-71, 89-84

THIRD GAME

LPU 77 – Cecilio 31, Guadana 20, Cunanan 6, Santos 6, Ruiz 5, Udal 2, De Leon 2, Manuel 2, Figueroa 2, Jungco 1, Arenal 0, Ortiz 0, Salazar 0

ARELLANO 66 – Dela Torre 25, Fermin 11, Danas 8, Sunga 6, Dulatre 4, Dimaunahan 4, Abadeza 3, Batilier 2, Tamayo 2, Fornis 1, Espiritu 0, Camarillo 0, De Leon 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 32-32, 50-56, 66-77

FOURTH GAME

SAN SEBASTIAN 72 – Isidro 16, Selorio 12, Rodriguez 12, Tamparong 9, Cortes 7, Espiritu 5, Villapondo 4, Pelias 3, Competente 2, Cuntapay 2, Saliddin 0, Binarao 0, Castelo 0

PERPETUAL 68 – Bongay 20, Razon 13, Inliwan 13, Rocero 6, Mendoza 5, De Leon 4, Cuevas 3, Aquita 2, Jaucian 2, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Sape 0, Honra 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 31-28, 52-48, 72-68

FIFTH GAME

LETRAN 69 – Reyson 16, David 9, Villanueva M 8, Culanay 7, Guarino 6, Cordero 5, Dolendo 4, Monje 4, Villanueva E 4, Labrador 3, Montes 2, Boffa 1, De Loyola 0

EAC 64 – Beduria 14, Tapales 14, Cruz 11, Baliquig 8, Oriondo 7, Dulatre 5, Boado 3, Tanque 2, Calara 0, Matilde 0, Anonuevo 0, Mostoles 0, Ligot 0, Kwong 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-28, 30-28, 46-50, 69-64

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