Calahat, Staglets send Jr. Blazers to second loss in a row

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 11, 2017 01:24 PM
Calahat, Staglets send Jr. Blazers to second loss in a row
SHOCKER. San Sebastian got its second win at the expense of second-running CSB-LSGH.

Malayan 6-1
San Beda 5-2
Arellano 4-2
LPU 4-3
Letran 3-4
Perpetual 2-4
San Sebastian 2-4
JRU 1-4
EAC 0-6

San Sebastian College-Recoletos only has two wins to show through six games in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

However, those two wins have come at the expense of contending teams.

The Staglets scored their second win of the season by pulling off a big-time upset against second-running College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 73-71, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Romel Calahat played the part of hero as it was his and-one that proved to be the game-winner, erasing a one-point deficit and erecting the 73-71 lead they would successfully defend for the next 26 seconds.

In the ensuing possession, the Junior Blazers got the play they were looking for, but Albert Bordeos was rejected by Neil Villapando right at the rim.

He was sent to the stripe and missed two free throws, but Baste got two offensive rebounds that led to Villapando again taking, and missing, a couple of charities.

CSB-LSGH still could not convert as Joel Cagulangan slipped and lost possession of the ball as the ticks died down on the clock.

It wasn’t just in the endgame that San Sebastian impressed, however, as they were in control for majority of the matchup and even had a lead of as much as nine.

Big man Damie Cuntapay had much to do with that in totaling 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Calahat was right there with him with his own 12-point, 19-rebound double-double and the two of them, by themselves, nearly matched the total rebounds of all their opponents who only mustered 39.

The big-time upset adds to the Staglets’ first win that came up against contending Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Still, head coach Melo Banua knows they have much to do to improve on their 2-4 record.

Inand Fornilos was the lone bright spot for the Junior Blazers who clearly struggled. Only making good on 35 percent on their shots, they fell for the second straight time and now stand at 5-2.

Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran got back to its winning ways by pouncing on struggling University of Perpetual Help, 78-68.

Niel Tolentino showed the Squires the way to 3-4 with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

On the other hand, the loss kept the Junior Altas reeling now at 2-4.



SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Cuntapay 22, Calahat 12, Pasamante 9, Pelias 8, Sumoda 7, Magbanua 6, Villapondo 5, Rodriguez 2, Are 2, Aguilar 0, Timbancaya 0, Suico 0

CSB-LSGH 71 – Fornilos 13, Cagulangan 10, Marcos 9, Sangco 9, Perez 9, Bordeos 6, Mosqueda 5, Lao 3, David 3, Morales 2, Lepalam 2, Pedrosa 0, Cruz 0, Belgica 0, Dela Cruz 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 40-37, 54-51, 73-71


LETRAN 78 – Tolentino 12, Aniban 12, Reyson 12, Monje 9, Guarino 7, Peralta 6, Cordero 6, Valdez 5, Montes 4, Culanay 3, Ganapathy 2, Tabajen 0, Tamayo 0, Labrador 0

PERPETUAL 68 – Siege 20, Razon 10, Rocero 8, Cuevas 7, Gallano 7, Bongay 6, Inliwan 4, De Leon 3, Umali 2, Maneze 1, Sta. Teresa 0, Duka 0, Romilla 0, Cajayon 0, Jaucian 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-14, 36-26, 52-36, 78-68


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