Red Robins claim back-to-back wins to open title defense

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 11, 2017 09:00 PM
Red Robins claim back-to-back wins to open title defense
STREAKING. Will Gozum and Malayan are off to a rousing start in their title defense.

To the surprise of no one, defending champion Malayan High School of Science took care of business and became the first team to two wins in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Will Gozum remained a force down low as the Red Robins made quick work of Colegio de San Juan de Letran at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Tuesday.

Gozum posted 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while also fueling the 29-point second quarter that sent the defending champions past the Squires and ahead for good.

Clint Escamis also contributed 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists while Eric Jabel also scored 16 markers and five dimes.

With two wins in as many games in the last three days, the defending champions moved to solo first with a 2-0 record.

Joining Malayan on the win column is College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills which eked out a 64-60 triumph over fighting University of Perpetual Help.

Inand Fornillos made an immediate impact in his debut with 22 points and 17 rebounds, but it was Joel Cagulangan and Albert Bordeos who sealed the deal late for the Junior Blazers.

Cagulangan wound up with nine points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Bordeos scored 14 points of his own for CSB-LSGH.

Jielo Razon had 11 points and 12 rebounds to show the way for the upstart Junior Altas who gave a good scare to a semifinalist from last season.

Lyceum of the Philippines University also registered its first win at the expense of Jose Rizal University, 94-87.

Mclaude Guadana brought the big-time baskets with six of his 19 points coming in the last two minutes on top of 10 rebounds. He was backstopped by Vincent Cunanan who almost had a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.

For the Light Bombers, Kobe Caballero scored 19 points.

With their respective losses, Letran, Perpetual, and JRU all stand at 0-1.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 64 – Fornillos 22, Bordeos 14, Cagulangan 9, Morales 6, Marcos 5, David 2, Lao 2, Sangco 2, Lepalam 2, Mosqueda 0, Pedrosa 0, Perez 0, Cruz 0

PERPETUAL 60 – Inliwan 15, Razon 11, Siege 9, Umali 8, Gallano 4, De Leon 4, Cuevas 3, Rocero 3, Bongay 2, Sta. Teresa 1, Duka 0, Maneze 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-13, 29-30, 47-46, 64-60

SECOND GAME

LPU 94 – Cunanan 23, Guadana 19, Barba 19, Ruiz 12, Jungco 12, Sandoval 5, De Leon 2, Manuel 2, Salazar 0, Cuevas 0, Ortiz 0, Caringal 0, Umpad 0

JRU 87 – Caballero 19, Sicat 18, Serrano 12, Agustin 10, Sumabat 10, Delos Santos 9, Buazon 4, Amores 3, Tolentino 2, Camua 0, Buno 0, Vasquez 0, Maglalang 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-12, 45-40, 64-58, 94-87

THIRD GAME

MALAYAN 91 – Escamis 18, Gozum 17, Jabel 16, Bonifacio 13, Garcia 8, Sapinit 8, Enriquez 6, Arches 4, Sarias 1, Ramos 0, Dennison 0, Malaluan 0, Sarmiento 0, Socias 0

LETRAN 75 – Tolentino 15, Valdez 13, Aniban 13, Reyson 10, Monje 9, Guarino 4, Tamayo 4, Tabajen 3, Cordero 2, Ganapathy 2, Peralta 0, Labrador 0, Montes 0, Fuentes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 43-20, 62-50, 91-75

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