Finals-bound Red Cubs leave no doubt in ousting Braves

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2016 03:37 PM
Finals-bound Red Cubs leave no doubt in ousting Braves
NO QUESTION.

Bounce back would be an understatement for what San Beda High School did on Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

Imposing their will from tip-off to final buzzer, the Red Cubs never trailed in their do-or-die matchup against Arellano High School to eventually prevail by a score of 102-93.

Dispatching their modern-day rivals once and for all, the defending champions are now in the Finals of NCAA 92 Juniors Basketball Tournament. There, they continue their hunt for a historic eight-peat in a three-game series against Malayan High School.

This one was already a blowout after only two quarters as San Beda buried their opponents by 24 points, 61-37. In fact, Josh Tagala, Carl Obenza, Rob Nayve, and JM Lagumen had 45 points among all of them and would already have been throttling the Braves by themselves.

The Cubs didn’t let up and mounted an advantage of as much as 30, 67-37, early in the third quarter. Still, Arellano kept coming and clawed their way back to 85-91 inside the last four minutes

Unlike last time, however, San Beda quickly countered behind Nayve, Lagumen, and Prince Etrata who connived for a 7-0 run that put them back ahead by double-digits, 95-85. “We really prepared for this one kasi nga natalo kami last time,” coach JB Sison expressed.

The do-or-die matchup was set after San Beda lost their twice-to-beat advantage by allowing the Braves to rally in the final frame last Friday.

That wouldn’t be the case in this one as the Cubs’ total team effort overwhelmed their opponents. Nayve topped the scoring column for them with 17 points, going a perfect 8/8 from the line.

Lagumen and Obenza chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively, off the bench to help make up for subpar scoring from veterans Sam Abu Hijleh and Evan Nelle only had nine points combined.

For Arellano, graduating player Carlo Abadeza showed the way with 19 points and nine rebounds. Guilmer Dela Torre also added 13 points in his last game in the Juniors before fouling out.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 102 – Nayve 17, Lagumen 16, Tagala 15, Obenza 15, Mahinay 13, Alfaro 10, Etrata 7, Abu Hijleh 5, Nelle 4, Barbero 0

ARELLANO 93 – Abadeza 19, Fermin 15, Dela Torre 13, Sunga 11, Bataller 10, Espiritu 9, Danas 7, De Leon 4, Velasco 3, Camarillo 2, Tamayo 0, Fornis 0, Dulatre 0, Domingo 0, Dimaunahan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 28-17, 61-37, 83-67, 102-93

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