5-0 CSB-LSGH dodges upset ax from fighting Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 03, 2017 04:44 PM
5-0 CSB-LSGH dodges upset ax from fighting Letran
JUST BARELY. CSB-LSGH escaped with a hardfought win.

STANDINGS
CSB-LSGH 5-0
Malayan 4-0
San Beda 4-1
Arellano 3-2
Perpetual 2-2
Letran 2-4
LPU 2-3
San Sebastian 1-3
EAC 0-4
JRU 0-4

Third time was not the charm for home team Colegio de San Juan de Letran inside their campus on Thursday.

And so, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills escaped Intramuros still unscathed in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Jacob Lao hit the go-ahead bucket, Inand Fornillos scored what proved to be the difference-making basket, and the Junior Blazers held tough up against the no-quit Squires for a 64-63 squeaker of a win.

Even head coach Marvin Bienvenida said they should be nothing but thankful for their good fortune. “We just got lucky, we just got lucky,” he said after his boys just had enough to register their fifth win in as many games.

Indeed, lady luck seemed to be smiling on the visitors as they had their last make with 2:41 remaining.

From there, Keith Peralta and Kiefer Cordero pulled Letran to within one, 63-64, with 48.3 ticks to go.

The Squires also had not one, not two, but three golden opportunities to complete their comeback only to see Russelle Aniban muff on a fastbreak layup, Peralta turn the ball over, and Niel Tolentino miss what would have been a game-winning short stab.

David Culanay made good on a followup of Tolentino’s try, but not before time ran out on the home team.

While luck had something to do with it, Bienvenida was also quick to point out that they nonetheless put themselves in a position to win. “We still saw hardwork for us so that’s good,” he said.

The Junior Blazers were behind, 54-57, inside the last five minutes before Fornillos had four points to fuel their 10-2 blast that put them ahead, 64-59, with 2:41 remaining.

In the end, Fornillos had nine points and eight rebounds in just 15 minutes while Lao wound up with 12 points, including the go-ahead triple.

With the hardfought win, CSB-LSGH is now solo first with a 5-0 record. “I told my players (this kind of luck) won’t happen every game. We need to make our own luck,” Bienvenida said, talking about the adjustments the league-leaders still have to make.

For Letran, Enoch Valdez topped the scoring column with 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds.

They fell short in the upset bid and fell to 2-4, but they have nonetheless proven that they can hang with the best of them.

BOX SCORES

CSB-LSGH 64 – Bordeos 14, Lao 12, Fornillos 9, Cagulangan 8, Cruz 8, Marcos 4, David 2, Mosqueda 2, Perez 2, Morales 2, Lepalam 1, Sangco 0, Pedrosa 0, Dela Cruz 0

LETRAN 63 – Valdez 17, Cordero 11, Tolentino 10, Peralta 5, Aniban 4, Tamayo 4, Guarino 3, Culanay 3, Ganapathy 2, Labrador 2, Tabajen 2, Monje 0, Montes 0, Fuentes 0, Reyson 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 36-34, 52-48, 64-63

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