Red Robins feast on Jr. Altas before flying to share of first
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 20, 2017 04:23 PM
CSB-LSGH – 3-0
Malayan – 3-0
Arellano – 2-1
San Beda – 2-1
Letran – 1-1
LPU – 1-1
Perpetual – 1-2
EAC – 0-2
San Sebastian – 0-2
JRU – 0-3
Just as Will Gozum and Warren Bonifacio are standing strong, Malayan High School of Science is also standing strong, holding the league-lead in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
The twin towers remained an unstoppable force as the Red Robins shooed away University of Perpetual Help from their home gym in Intramuros, Manila with a 94-74 blowout on Thursday.
Bonifacio was a beast with 15 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks in the defending champions’ third consecutive victory to start the season. “Siya yung leader ng team. Kailangan niyang patunayan yun lagi kaya lagi rin siyang nagtatrabaho,” a satisfied head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game.
Gozum contributed 16 markers of his own while Clint Escamis also added 15 caroms.
Malayan wasn’t able to break away that easy, however, as it felt the pressure of not disappointing its home crowd. “Sa umpisa, masama pa depensa namin kasi nanibago pa sa crowd. Buti na lang naka-adjust din,” Alcantara said.
The nerves finally went away after the first quarter and the Red Robins thumped their opponents by a score of 49-31 in the middle periods.
The home team’s advantage bloated to as big as 27 early in the final frame before Alcantara sent in his reserves to close the contest.
Though they share the top spot with also undefeated College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, Malayan is yet to face a contender in the tournament. “Isang buwan pa bago namin makalaban [CSB-LS]GH at San Beda. Mas pabor sa amin yun par amaka-adjust pa kami,” the head coach shared.
Still, Alcantara has no doubt his boys will be ready when that time comes. “Paghahandaan lang namin lalo,” he expressed.
For the Junior Altas, Jielo Razon was the lone bright spot with 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Lacking weapons to match up with the defending champions all throughout, they fall for the second time in three games.
MALAYAN 94 – Gozum 16, Bonifacio 15, Escamis 15, Socias 11, Garcia 9, Enriquez 9, Jabel 6, Arches 6, Ramos 3, Sarias 2, Sarmiento 2, Lacap 0, Malaluan 0, Dennison 0
PERPETUAL 74 – Razon 14, Siege 13, De Leon 8, Sta. Teresa 8, Bongay 7, Umali 6, Gallano 5, Inliwan 4, Maneze 2, Rocero 2, Cuevas 2, Jaucian 2, Romilla 1, Duka 0, Cajayon 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-13, 42-29, 66-44, 94-74
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