Red Robins rise to 5-0 ahead of battle for first vs Jr. Blazers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 04, 2017 07:51 PM
Robins rise to 5-0 ahead of battle for first vs Jr. Blazers
SHOWDOWN. Malayan took care of business and will now head into a big-time battle for first with CSB-LSGH.

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

Malayan High School of Science has taken care of business and head into the tough stretch in their schedule yet to be defeated in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Red Robins enter much-anticipated matchups with College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and San Beda High School on five-game winning streak, the latest of which coming at the expense of San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 70-63, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Carl Lacap and Clint Escamis topped the scoring column with 12 and 11 points, respectively, to help make up for the off-games from all of Warren Bonifacio, Mike Enriquez, and Will Gozum.

Even with off-games from those three, the defending champions still had more than enough. “Ayun. Buti nakuha pa rin namin kahit medyo nahirapan kami,” head coach Randy Alcantara said.

Bonifacio only had five points, five rebounds, and four assists; Enriquez only had three points, four rebounds, and five assists; and Gozum only had seven points and nine rebounds.

All of them found themselves in foul trouble, however. “Sa foul trouble kami nahirapan kaya nasira rotation namin,” Alcantara said.

An 18-8 second quarter did the trick for Malayan as it turned a one-point lead into a nine-point advantage they would keep until the final buzzer.

Now, the defending champions will prepare for a big-time battle for first-place with also 5-0 CSB-LSGH on Tuesday. “Paghahandaan namin sila nang sobra kasi kailangang i-correct namin mga mali namin,” the head coach said.

And then after that, they will gear up for a rematch of last year’s Finals up against San Beda next Friday.

For the Staglets, Neil Villapando showed the way with a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double.

They now stand at 1-4.

BOX SCORES

MALAYAN 70 – Lacap 12, Escamis 11, Garcia 9, Sapinit 9, Jabel 8, Gozum 7, Socias 6, Bonifacio 5, Enriquez 3, Arches 0, Ramos 0, Sarmiento 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 63 – Villapando 12, Pasamante 10, Sumoda 9, Cuntapay 8, Calahat 7, Aguilar 7, Timbancaya 5, Rodriguez 3, Are 2, Magbanua 0, Pelias 0, Umayao 0, Espiritu 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 39-28, 53-48, 70-63

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