Red Cubs run to solo second after routing Jr. Altas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 17, 2017 04:05 PM
Red Cubs run to solo second after routing Jr. Altas
ONCOMING. With back-to-back wins, San Beda is now ahead of idle CSB-LSGH and is just a hair behind defending champion Malayan.

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

Don’t look now, but San Beda High School is knocking on the door of the top spot in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Drawing big-time contributions from team captain Sam Abu Hijleh and veteran gunner Peter Alfaro, the Red Cubs negated the Junior Altas’ homecourt advantage for a 90-79 wire-to-wire win on Thursday at the UPHSD Gym in Las Pinas.

Abu Hijleh and Alfaro scored 19 points each to make sure San Beda sustained its momentum from its victory versus rival Malayan High School of Science a week ago. “Sana nga tuloy-tuloy pa ‘to,” head coach JB Sison said as they claimed sole possession of solo second now at 6-2.

The Red Robins are just a hair in front of them at 6-1 while erstwhile pacesetter College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills is now at third-place at 5-2.

Abu Hijleh and Alfaro also had 14 markers apiece in the middle periods to lead their outscoring of their opponents, 56-38, in the same timeframe.

The Red Cubs even blew up their lead to as much as 33 in the third quarter.

However, Sison saw much to be improved upon as they allowed the Junior Altas to make some sort of a run in the final frame. “Siyempre, wala naman sa game plan yung ganun,” he said.

Still, the mentor lauded the effort of his wards in the first three quarters. As he put it, “Nonetheless, we won the game and we were sharp, we were focused.”

San Beda will now move onto another much-anticipated matchup, this time against modern-day rival Arellano High School, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

On the other hand, Perpetual was unable to take advantage of the support of its home crowd and was unable to take advantage of its momentum from an upset of the Braves last Tuesday.

Jielo Razon had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort for the now 3-5 Junior Altas.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 90 – Abu Hijleh 19, Alfaro 19, Sese 16, Nelle 11, Velasquez 7, Dela Rosa 5, Tagala 4, Etrata 2, Obenza 2, Barbero 2, Nayve 2, Garcia 1, Lagumen 0

PERPETUAL 79 – Razon 23, Siegue 12, Umali 12, Inliwan 11, Rocero 9, Romilla 6, Gallano 4, De Leon 2, Cuevas 0, Bongay 0, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Cajayon 0, Jaucian 0, Maneze 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-14, 44-29, 77-52, 90-79

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