Red Robins stamp class on Jr. Blazers to barge back into Finals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2016 02:15 PM
Robins stamp class on Jr. Blazers to barge back into Finals
RIDDLE ME THIS. Malayan is a perfect 3-0 against CSB-LSGH through the tournament - their latest convincing victory bringing them back into the Finals.

They already did it, only seven days before to be exact, but that wasn’t stopping Malayan High School of Science from again outclassing upstart College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Leaving no doubt as to who deserved to be in the Finals, six Red Robins were in double-digit scoring to overwhelm the Junior Blazers in an 88-81 decision on Friday at the MOA Arena.

Rookie-transferee Will Gozum continued stepping up in place of sidelined Sherwin Concepcion and turned in his best game of the season with 16 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. “Malaking bagay yung nawala kaya kailangan mag-step up lahat,” he expressed after the convincing victory allowed them to be the first team into the Finals.

The big man definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Rom Junsay and Juaquin Garcia chipped in 12 points apiece and reigning MVP Mike Enriquez collected 11 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. “Talagang team effort naman ang ginagamit namin ever since,” coach Randy Alcantara said.

Still, CSB-LSGH were able to tie the tally at 63 entering the final frame only to see the Robins quickly take back control with seven unanswered points.

The Junior Blazers again neared to 65-70, but Enriquez took charge with an assist and a layup to punctuate a 13-8 run that sealed the deal on Malayan’s convincing victory. Not wasting their twice-to-beat advantage, they have a week of rest before taking the court once again in the Finals on Friday.

Meeting the Red Robins there will be the victors in the do-or-die matchup between San Beda High School and Arellano High School on Tuesday. Asked if they had a choice between the two, Alcantara answered, “Para maiba, Arellano naman.”

Malayan was a perfect 3-0 against CSB-LSGH through the tournament.

Unique Naboa scored 17 points to pace the Junior Blazer, but they still had no answer for their opponents’ balance. MVP frontrunner Troy Mallillin posted a 16-point, 22-rebound double-double in his final game for the green and white – in the Juniors, at least.

BOX SCORES

MALAYAN 88 – Gozum 16, Junsay 12, Garcia 12, Enriquez 11, Lacap 11, Samudio 10, Salenga 9, Bonifacio 6, Dagta 1, Escamis 0

CSB-LSGH 81 – Naboa 17, Mallillin 16, Espinosa 16, Cagulangan 10, Marcos 9, David 8, Pedrosa 2, Lao 2, Lepalam 1, Cruz 0, Magpantay 0, Belgica 0

QUARTER SCORES; 21-23, 38-37, 63-63, 88-81

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