Cagulangan the hero anew in CSB-LSGH’s climb to 4-0

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 01, 2017 11:59 AM
Cagulangan the hero anew in CSB-LSGH’s climb to 4-0
LEADER OF LEAGUE-LEADERS. CSB-LSGH remains undefeated thanks to the heroics of Joel Cagulangan.

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

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills remains in unfamiliar territory four games into the 93rd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Junior Blazers are still undefeated and still pacing the league after overcoming very game Lyceum of the Philippines University, 88-87, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Making it all possible was Joel Cagulangan who made magic with two assists leading to four points that tied the tally before making good on one of two free throws that took the win for the boys from Greenhills.

That he was able to do just that wasn’t a surprise to Marvin Bienvenida. “Joel will always be there for us. Bit by bit, we’re showing maturity,” the head coach said of his court general who wound up with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

CSB-LSGH was taken out of its game for majority of its matchup and seemed headed for its first defeat in the season, trailing 83-87 inside the last two minutes. “We dug ourselves into a hole and we’re just happy we were able to get out of it,” Bienvenida said.

It was at that point, however, that they amped up the defensive pressure and did not allow any more makes from their opponents.

Cagulangan then took care of the offense as he fed Joshua Marcos and Sidney Mosqueda for back-to-back baskets that tied the tally at 87.

Following another defensive stop, the heady pointman stayed aggressive and fished a foul. He converted on his first charity before muffing on his second.

The Junior Pirates still had three seconds for a game-winner, but Vincent Cunanan was blanketed by Mosqueda, assuring his team’s ascent to 4-0. “We’re not looking at our record. We’re still taking it one game at a time,” Bienvenida expressed, tuning out any chatter of how they are championship contenders.

The Junior Blazers have already established themselves as a playoff team in the past years, but are yet to legitimately contend for a title.

Nonetheless, they are yet again tied for first-place with defending champion Malayan High School of Science as Albert Bordeos also scored 16 points and Inand Fornillos posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Conversely, the tough loss drops LPU to 2-3 in the season. Cunanan had 15 points, but running mate Mac Guadana struggled and only had 12 points in 31 percent shooting.

Meanwhile, Arellano High School is back to its winning ways, warding off fighting Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 86-79.

Aaron Fermin turned in his best game of the season with 26 points, 18 rebounds, and three blocks to lift the Braves to 3-2. This, after their sorry loss to the Junior Pirates two weeks ago.

It also was the center’s five straight points that were the highlight of the 10-0 blast which increased a two-point lead into an 84-72 advantage in favor of Arellano inside the last three minutes.

They fell short in the game and fell to 2-3, but it was nonetheless a gallant stand for the Squires. Lakksman Ganapathy and David Culanay topped the scoring column for them with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

In the day’s other game, University of Perpetual Help topped San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 70-59.

Jasper Cuevas and Jielo Razon scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the decision that lifted the Junior Altas to 2-2 and dropped the Staglets to 1-3.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 88 – Cagulangan 19, Bordeos 16, Fornillos 15, Marcos 8, Morales 8, Pedrosa 5, Lao 4, Perez 4, Lepalam 3, David 2, Mosqueda 2, Dela Cruz 2, Sangco 0, Cruz 0

LPU 87 – Cunanan 15, De Leon 13, Guadana 12, Sandoval 12, Salazar 12, Ruiz 8, Umpad 7, Manuel 5, Barba 2, Ortiz 1, Jungco 0, Arenal 0, Caringal 0, Noval 0, Cuevas 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-23, 43-48, 67-72, 88-87

SECOND GAME

ARELLANO 86 – Fermin 26, Camacho 15, Segura 14, Fornis 8, Domingo 7, Bataller 6, Espiritu 5, Liango 4, Tamayo 1, Velasco 0, Baltazar 0, Rivera 0

LETRAN 79 – Ganapathy 14, Culanay 12, Tolentino 10, Monje 9, Cordero 8, Aniban 7, Reyson 7, Guarino 7, Labrador 5, Valdez 0, Tamayo 0, Fuentes 0, Tabajen 0, Montes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 43-31, 67-53, 86-79

THIRD GAME

PERPETUAL 70 – Cuevas 13, Razon 12, Siegue 11, Bongay 8, Inliwan 8, De Leon 5, Umali 4, Gallano 3, Duka 3, Maneze 2, Romilla 1, Rocero 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Jaucian 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 59 – Aguilar 10, Calahat 10, Pelias 8, Cuntapay 6, Timbancaya 6, Pasamante 4, Magbanua 4, Are 4, Umayao 3, Villapando 2, Sumoda 2, Rodriguez 0, Espiritu 0, Suico 0

QUARTER SCORES: 11-11, 32-30, 55-45, 70-59

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