Red Robins remain perfect; LPU gets better of Arellano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2017 11:59 AM
Red Robins remain perfect; LPU gets better of Arellano
UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY. Defending champion Malayan is still getting used to being the favorites in the tournament.

STANDINGS
Malayan – 4-0
CSB-LSGH – 3-0
San Beda – 4-1
Arellano – 2-2
Letran – 2-2
LPU – 2-2
Perpetual – 1-2
San Sebastian – 1-2
EAC – 0-4
JRU – 0-4

Unlike before, it’s Malayan High School of Science which has a target on its back now in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

And little by little, the defending champions are getting used to it.

That much was clear on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the Red Robins mounted a lead of as much as 52 before ultimately mowing down hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College by 39, 99-60.

A total of six players were in double-digit scoring for Malayan which shot 55.3 percent from the field. “Ganito naman kami dito e. Tulong-tulong lang kaming lahat,” team captain Warren Bonifacio said.

Twin towers Bonifacio and Will Gozum were at the forefront of the attack once more and combined for 26 points and 20 rebounds. Transferee JJ Sapinit and former MVP Mike Enriquez also turned in their best games of the season with 14 points apiece.

As they scorched the nets at their end, the Red Robins also suffocated their opponents into only 28.6 percent shooting. They did not allow any double-digit scorer from the other side.

Now, the defending champions will enter the tough stretch of their schedule with a still unblemished 4-0 card. “One game at a time lang kami. Basta hindi namin ibabasta-basta lahat ng team,” Bonifacio said.

That momentum is very much welcome as they are set to face dangerous Lyceum of the Philippines University, much-improved San Sebastian College-Recoletos, also undefeated College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, and modern-day rival San Beda High School in succession.

Brigadiers’ main man Maui Cruz was locked down and only had six points in measly 25 percent shooting to see his team remain winless through four games.

Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University bounced back big-time by frustrating Arellano High School 95-85.

Vincent Cunanan erupted for a career-high 29 points on top of five rebounds, four steals, and three assists to spearhead his squad’s return to the win column after a shock defeat to San Sebastian College-Recoletos last Friday.

John Barba chipped in 16 points of his own and, in all, the Junior Pirates rode a 58-point second half to put away their opponents.

The two teams were still tight, with the Braves only behind by six, 74-80, until Cunanan had all but two points in a 7-2 run that established an 87-76 advantage for LPU.

The Junior Pirates ran away from their opponents in terms of fastbreak points, 22-2, and all the way to a 2-2 standing.

Tied with them is Arellano which squandered a 27-point effort from first-year player Kobe Camacho.

Trudging through an off-game from Aaron Fermin who only had eight points and missed 12 of 16 of his attempts, they saw their two-game winning streak get snapped.

In the day’s other game, San Beda scored back-to-back wins at the expense of archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 91-45.

Evan Nelle broke out for his highest-scoring output thus far in the season with 24 points on top of eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

All but one of the 13 players fielded in contributed in the scoring column for the now 4-1 Red Cubs.

On the other hand, the Squires dropped back into a 2-2 standing without any players in double-digit scoring.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MALAYAN 99 - Gozum 15, Sapinit 14, Enriquez 14, Sarmiento 12, Bonifacio 11, Escamis 10, Garcia 8, Arches 4, Sarias 4, Socias 3, Jabel 2, Malaluan 2, Dennison 0

EAC 60 - Mananquil 8, Dulatre 7, De Quiros 7, Satillian 7, Castillo 7, Cruz 6, Boado 6, Baliquig 5, Tapales 3, Matilde 2, Oriondo 1, Mostoles 1, Diaz 0, Suniga 0, Ligot 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-13, 57-29, 81-39, 99-60

SECOND GAME

LPU 95 – Cunanan 29, Barba 16, De Leon 14, Jungco 9, Guadana 8, Ortiz 5, Ruiz 4, Manuek 4, Sandoval 2, Arenal 2, Salazar 2, Umpad 0, Caringal 0

ARELLANO 85 – Camacho 27, Espiritu 10, Bataller 10, Segura 9, Fermin 8, Domingo 6, Baltazar 5, Tamayo 4, Fornis 2, Camilosa 2, Manacho 2, Liangco 0, Velasco 0, De Leon 0, Codinera 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-20, 37-40, 71-67, 95-85

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 91 – Nelle 24, Sese 15, Tagala 8, Velasquez 8, Abu Hijleh 8, Etrata 7, Mahinay 5, Alfaro 4, Barbero 4, Obenza 4, Nayve 2, Lagumen 2, Garcia 0

LETRAN 45 – Peralta 8, Tolentino 7, Guarino 7, Tamayo 4, Montes 4, Aniban 4, Valdez 3, Monje 2, Labrador 2, Ganapathy 2, Cordero 1, Reyson 1, Culanay 0, Fuentes 0, Tabajen 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-8, 35-16, 60-30, 91-45

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