Champ Robins, runner-up Cubs get on win column in first try
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 10, 2017 02:42 PM
San Beda High School outlasted San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the fourth quarter as it eked out an 86-75 win on Sunday to launch its bid of regaining the title it lost to Malayan High School of Science last season.
Now in the 93rd NCAA basketball tournament at the Letran Gym in Manila, Peter Alfaro and Addy Velasquez fired 17 and 16 points, respectively, including clutch triples in the final canto to fend off repeated fightbacks by the Staglets and allow the Red Cubs to preserve the win.
Sam Abu Hijleh and Germy Mahinay chipped in 16 and 10 points, respectively, of their own while alternating to contain San Sebastian's Damie Cuntapay, who banged his way to a game-high 25 points and 14 rebounds only to lose steam in the end.
Evan Nelle had just six points but made everybody look good with a match-best 14 assists.
"San Sebastian has improved a lot, we just had more gas and our bench was deeper in the end," said San Beda coach JB Sison.
While this was just their first game, Sison said this should give the team a much needed boost as they go all out to reclaim the championship from last year's champions, the Malayan Red Robins.
San Beda has a league-best 22 high school crowns overall, just two ahead of Mapua which has 20.
"We can't say this win sent a message but our ultimate goal is to win the championship again," said Sison.
In the other game, defending champion Malayan survived Final Four team Arellano High School, 78-75, to join San Beda in the early share of the lead.
Twin towers Warren Bonifacio and Will Gozum pounded on 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Robins seeking back-to-back titles.
Season 92 Rookie of the Year Aaron Fermin showed the way for the Braves with 19 points. Still adjusting to life without Guillmer dela Torre and Carlo Abadeza, however, they suffered a setback to open their campaign.
SAN BEDA 86 – Alfaro 17, Velasquez 16, Abu Hijle 16, Mahinay 10, Nelle 6, Tagala 6, Barbero 5, Etrata 3, Obenza 2, Garcia 2, Lagumen 2, Nayve 1, dela Rosa 0, Sese 0
SAN SEBASTIAN 75 – Cuntapay 25, Desoyo 16, Villapando 7, Baclaan 5, Pasamante 5, Aguilar 4, Timbancaya 3, Rodriguez 3, Sumoda 3, Calahat 2, Pelias 2, Umayao 0, Espritu 0
QUARTER SCORES: 21-21; 42-36; 62-57; 86-75
MALAYAN 78 – Sapinit 15, Bonifacio 14, Gozum 12, Escamis 11, Garcia 10, Lacap 4, Jabel 4, Enriquez 2, Ramos 2, Arches 2, Socias 2, Dennison 0
ARELLANO 75 – Fermin 19, Camacho 19, Sagura 14, Espritu 6, Velasco 6, Bataller 4, Tamayo 4, Fornis 2, Camillosa 1, Liangco 0, Manacho 0, Codinera 0, de Leon 0, Baltazar 0
QUARTER SCORES: 14-14; 33-33; 58-56; 78-75