Cold-blooded Evan Nelle wins twice-to-beat for San Beda

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 16, 2016 02:35 PM
Cold-blooded Evan Nelle wins twice-to-beat for San Beda
ICE IN MY VEINS: Evan Nelle's clutch triples in the last three minutes secured the top spot for San Beda after the elimination round.

TEAM STANDINGS
SAN BEDA 16-1
MALAYAN 13-3
ARELLANO 13-4
CSB-LSGH 13-4
LPU 8-9
LETRAN 7-10
PERPETUAL 5-12
EAC 3-13
JRU 3-13
SAN SEBASTIAN 2-14

Evan Nelle has been missing for quite a while now in the NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Not anymore after what he did on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Launching a triple over the outstretched arms of Unique Naboa, straight into the net, and right down the heart of College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, Nelle saved the day for San Beda High School, 85-82, in an intense matchup that went down the wire.

Including the game-winner, the wiry guard poured in 11 of his 27 points in the final frame to make sure the Red Cubs prevailed over the Junior Blazers who were seeking to stretch their winning streak to 11.

“Oo nga e, he took over. Buti nakakuha siya ng kumpyansa early in the game,” a beaming coach JB Sison said of his lead guard.

The gutsy win seized for the seven-time champions a sure first-place finish in the elimination round as well as the twice-to-beat advantage it entails.

San Beda needed heroics from Nelle after letting go of an advantage of as much as 11 early in the third. From there, CSB-LSGH put the pressure on them and even took away the lead, 80-79, inside the last three minutes.

It was at that point that the second-year sniper took over and drilled a couple of cold-blooded triples to sandwich the only make their opponents could muster. For good measure, he also tallied four assists and three rebounds to show the Red Cubs the way to a still league-leading 16th win out of 17.

Joshua Marcos had 20 points to pace the Junior Blazers who were sorely missing the scoring of Troy Mallillin. The MVP frontrunner only had nine points in 1/12 shooting to see his team trip to fourth-place now at 13-4.

Although already assured of the top spot, Sison said they will still go out in their last assignment – especially as they will be matched up against the only team that has defeated them thus far. “Kelangan pa naming makabawi dun,” he said.

That team, Arellano High School, will head into their rematch on a three-game losing streak after dropping a 71-84 decision to Malayan High School.

The Red Robins never trailed and were on top as high as 17 thanks to Mike Enriquez who turned in his best performance of the season with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Behind the reigning MVP, they now settle into solo second while sporting a 13-3 record.

Still, the Braves battled until the bitter end and pulled to within 67-70 inside the last four minutes before Enriquez took charge with half of the points in the 14-4 charge Malayan used to close out the game.

For the first time in the season, Arellano find themselves out of the top two and are now tied for third-place with a 13-4 standing. Guilmer dela Torre and his 14 points led them in the losing effort as they continue to struggle and have now only won five of their last nine games.

Meanwhile, Jose Rizal High School scored their biggest win of the season after dropping Lyceum of the Philippines University, 75-72. Benedict Buno paced the now 3-13 Light Bombers with 20 points.

In other results, Colegio de San Juan de Letran (7-10) stopped San Sebastian College-Recoletos dead in their tracks, 75-71, while Emilio Aguinaldo (3-13) downed University of Perpetual Help, 79-65.

Following their respective losses, the Junior Pirates are now 8-9, the Junior Altas are now 5-12, and the Staglets are now 2-14.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

JRU 75 – Buno 20, Agustin 12, Buazon 10, Caballero 8, Guzman Jere 5, Torre 5, Baliad 4, Sicat 4, Sta. Maria 4, Camua 3, Principe 0

LPU 72 – Cecilio 14, Jungco 9, Cunanan 8, De Leon 8, Guadana 7, Santos 7, Udal 5, Manuel 4, Figueroa 4, Salazar 3, Ruiz 3, Umpad 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 39-39, 60-59, 75-75

SECOND GAME

SAN BEDA 85 – Nelle 27, Etrata 13, Dela Rosa 11, Obenza 10, Mahinay 8, Abu Hijleh 5, Tagala 4, Barbero 4, Alfaro 2, Nayve 1, Lagumen 0, Garcia 0

CSB-LSGH 82 – Marcos 20, David 14, Cagulangan 14, Naboa 11, Mallillin 9, Lao 5, Cruz 3, Espinosa 3, Lepalam 2, Pedrosa 1

QUARTER SCORES: 25-18, 48-40, 66-63, 85-82

THIRD GAME

MALAYAN 84 – Enriquez 28, Lacap 12, Escarnis 11, Samudio 10, Bonifacio 8, Garcia 6, Gozum 6, Arcangel 3, Salenga 0, Dagta 0

ARELLANO 71 – Dela Torre 14, Espiritu 12, Danas 9, Sunga 9, Fermin 7, Batallier 7, Dulatre 5, Fornis 4, Abadeza 2, De Leon 0, Tamayo 0, Velasco 0, Dimaunahan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-15, 43-27, 66-58, 84-71

FOURTH GAME

LETRAN 75 – Guarino 20, Cordero 13, Monje 11, Reyson 9, Villanueva M 7, Labrador 6, David 5, Montes 2, Boffa 2, De Loyola 0, Dolendo 0, Barnachea 0, Villanueva E 0, Culanay 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Isidro 17, Selorio 16, Competente 10, Rodriguez 8, Tamparong 5, Saliddin 4, Villapondo 3, Pelias 3, Cuntapay 2, Cortes 2, Binarao 1

QUARTER SCORES: 11-16, 23-31, 51-47, 75-71

FIFTH GAME

EAC 79 – Cruz 19, Oriondo 18, Baliquig 14, Dulatre 12, Beduria 10, Matilde 4, Boado 2, Tapales 0, Calara 0, Tanque 0, Anonuevo 0, Mostoles 0, Kwong 0, Andaya 0, Ligot 0

PERPETUAL 65 – Cuevas 12, Bongay 11, Razon 10, Duka 7, Jaucian 7, De Leon 6, Inliwan 5, Sta. Teresa 3, Disquitado 2, Mendoza 2, Honra 0, Aquita 0, Sape 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-15, 35-37, 57-50, 79-65

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