Champions’ poise the difference as Malayan bests CSB-LSGH
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 08, 2017 08:39 PM
TOP OF THE TOPS. Malayan is now the lone undefeated team in the tournament.
San Beda 4-2
San Sebastian 1-4
All the momentum was with College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills inside the last seven minutes on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Malayan High School of Science didn’t flinch, however.
Losing a 13-point lead and falling behind by one with under two minutes to go, the Red Robins dug deep and hacked out a 78-71 triumph over the very game Junior Blazers.
Coming out on top in the duel between the top two teams thus far in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the defending champions now find themselves alone atop the leaderboard with a 6-0 record. “We’re happy with the win kasi expected naman na close game,” head coach Randy Alcantara said.
JJ Sapinit top-scored with 22 points while Warren Bonifacio remained a force with another double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Malayan also got contributions from up and down the roster as it outclassed its upstart opponents in the third quarter with a 20-11 blitz that turned a four-point lead into a 58-45 advantage.
That only held up until Joshua David waxed hot and shot CSB-LSGH back into the game.
He teamed up with Joshua Marcos who then recorded the assist that led to the Albert Bordeos triple that took away the lead in their favor, 71-70, with 1:13 to go.
In the ensuing possession, the Junior Blazers then had another defensive stop only to see Bordeos lose the ball, leading to a basket and a bonus for Brian Lacap. “Crucial yung stea na yun. Buti na lang, composed pa rin yung players,” Alcantara said.
The Red Robins again forced another error and quickly converted it into another and-one, this time from Clint Escamis, for a 76-71 edge.
Sapinit then put the finishing touches on their gutsy win with a couple of charities.
Lacap wound up with 10 points and six rebounds to help make up for the off-games from Will Gozum who only had nine points and two rebounds and Mike Enriquez who only had eight points.
Now, the defending champions turn their attention to a rematch of last year’s Finals with San Beda High School set for Friday.
On the other hand, CSB-LSGH will be out to bounce back from their first defeat in six games. In the end, David had 24 points.
Joel Cagulangan had 10 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the losing effort while Inand Fornillos also added eight markers and eight boards.
Meanwhile, Arellano High School bagged back-to-back wins by blitzing Maui Cruz-less Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-65.
Kobe Camacho dropped 16 points and was at the forefront of the 29-point third quarter burst that turned a four-point lead into a 59-45 advantage.
Aaron Fermin also posted a 15-point, 17-rebound double-double as the Braves rose onto a tie for third-place at 4-2.
Without top gun Cruz who was out with an illness, Sean Oriondo busted out with 20 markers for the Brigadiers. However, they remain winless through five games.
ARELLANO 83 – Camacho 16, Fermin 15, Fornis 8, Velasco 8, Espiritu 7, Liangco 6, Domingo 5, Bataller 4, Tamayo 3, Segura 3, Baltazar 3, Rivera 3, De Leon 2, Camilosa 0, Codinera 0
EAC 65 – Oriondo 20, De Quiros 19, Boado 12, Castillo 5, Baliquig 4, Satillian 4, Mananquil 1, Dulatre 0, Tapales 0, Matilde 0, Mostoles 0, Suniga 0, Diaz 0, Ligot 0
QUARTER SCORES: 11-12, 30-26, 59-45, 83-65
MALAYAN 78 – Sapinit 22, Bonifacio 11, Lacap 1, Escamis 9, Gozum 9, Enriquez 8, Garcia 4, Socias 3, Jabel 2, Ramos 0, Dennison 0
CSB-LSGH 71 – David 24, Cagulangan 10, Fornillos 8, Bordeos 7, Marcos 6, Lao 5, Sangco 4, Lepalam 2, Pedrosa 2, Mosqueda 2, Cruz 1, Morales 0, Dela Cruz 0
QUARTER SCORES: 13-11, 38-34, 60-51, 78-71
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