San Beda secures playoff for top two; Jr. Blazers add to Braves’ woes

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 12, 2016 10:02 PM
San Beda secures playoff for top two
BACK ONCE AGAIN. San Beda has climbed all the way back to the top of the standings.

TEAM STANDINGS
SAN BEDA 15-1
ARELLANO 13-3
CSB-LSGH 13-3
MALAYAN 12-3
LPU 8-8
LETRAN 6-10
PERPETUAL 5-11
EAC 2-13
JRU 2-13
SAN SEBASTIAN 2-13

Arellano High School’s late-season struggles have blown the door wide open for San Beda High School to reclaim their place atop the standings and overlooking the rest in the NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

And now, the seven-time defending champions need just one more win to earn another twice-to-beat advantage for another Final Four.

Stalwarts Sam Abu Hijleh and Evan Nelle made it happen by conniving for 16 of their 26 points in the decisive third quarter that eventually ended up as the Red Cubs’ 86-79 triumph over very game Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday at the San Juan Arena.

The Brigadiers were bringing it and actually had a three-point advantage at the half only to see Abu Hijleh and Nelle take over and spearhead the 28-20 quarter that turned out to be the difference between the two teams.

The stalwarts’ big-time third coupled with Josh Tagala’s game-long brilliance with a total of 17 points and nine rebounds were more than enough to make sure the Cubs stayed in the league-lead. Now at 15-1, they are assured of at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round.

The defending champions’ latest win also created more separation between them and last year’s runners-up Arellano High School who were once again felled by College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 70-77.

Versatile forward Troy Mallillin remained a riddle for his opponents and pounded in a 20-point, 18-rebound double-double to fuel the win that completed CSB-LSGH’s elimination round sweep of the Braves.

More than the elimination round sweep, the Junior Blazers also nudged themselves into a share of second-place with Arellano. The two teams sport alike 13-3 cards, but the former has been on a 10-game win run while the latter has just suffered back-to-back setbacks for the first time in the season.

Guilmer Dela Torre paced the once-league leaders with 27 points, but their inability to get points some place other than the line did them in. They got a whopping 30 points from the line, but also muffed on 20 of their attempts from there.

Breathing down the necks of the shared second-placers is Malayan Institute of Technology who made quick work of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 86-77.

Jasper Salenga pumped in 27 points to lead the Red Robins’ rise to 12-3 – still very much alive for even the top-seed.

With their respective losses, the Squires dropped to 6-10 while the Brigadiers fell to 2-13.

In other results, Lyceum of the Philippines University (8-8) downed San Sebastian College-Recoletos (2-13), 86-74, while University of Perpetual Help (5-11) prevailed over Jose Rizal High School (2-13), 76-72.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MALAYAN 86 – Salenga 27, Junsay 12, Enriquez 9, Concepcion 7, Gozum 7, Bonifacio 6, Lacap 6, Samudio 6, Garcia 4, Escarnis 2, Dagta 0

LETRAN 77 – Monje 16, Reyson 13, Villanueva M 12, Cordero 12, Guarino 9, Labrador 7, De Loyola 5, Culanay 2, Montes 1, Barnachea 0, Dolendo 0, Boffa 0, Villanueva E 0, David 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-27, 46-43, 65-66, 86-77

SECOND GAME

CSB-LSGH 77 – Mallillin 20, Naboa 13, David 12, Marcos 9, Pedrosa 9, Cagulangan 6, Lepalam 4, Cruz B 2, Lao 2, Espinosa 0, Belgica 0, Cruz R 0

ARELLANO 70 – Dela Torre 27, Abadezaa 18, Sunga 12, Espiritu 5, Danas 5, Fermin 2, Fornis 1, Batilier 0, Tamayo 0, Camarillo 0, Dulatre 0, De Leon 0, Dimaunahan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-19, 32-35, 49-50, 77-70

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 86 – Tagala 17, Nelle 14, Abu Hijleh 12, Obenza 12, Lagumen 7, Sese 7, Alfaro 6, Etrata 4, Mahinay 3, Barbero 2, Garcia 2, Velasquez 0, Dela Rosa 0

EAC 79 – Dulatre 21, Beduria 20, Cruz 19, Boado 13, Oriondo 5, Calara 1, Baliquig 0, Tapales 0, Matilde 0, Anonuevo 0, Mostoles 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-26, 41-44, 69-64, 86-79

FOURTH GAME

LPU 86 – Guadana 22, Cunanan 12, De Leon 11, Figueroa 10, Jungco 10, Santos 6, Udal 3, Manuel 3, Salazar 3, Cecilio 2, Ruiz 2, Umpad 1, Arenal 1, Ortiz 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 74 – Pelias 17, Isidro 15, Villapondo 10, Cortes 9, Cuntapay 8, Tamparong 5, Selorio 5, Competente 2, Saliddin 2, Binarao 1, Rodriguez 0, Canoy 0, Castelo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-21, 48-40, 71-50, 86-74

FIFTH GAME

PERPETUAL 76 – Razon 21, Disquitado 12, Bongay 9, Mendoza 8, Inliwan 8, Cuevas 7, De Leon 4, Sta. Teresa 3, Duka 2, Rocero 2, Jaucian 0, Sape 0

JRU 72 – Torre 30, Agustin 13, Caballero 11, Sicat 6, Buno 4, Guzman Jeri 3, Guzman Jere 2, Sta. Maria 2, Baliad 1, Camua 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-14, 34-34, 54-50, 76-72

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