Jr. Blazers back to their winning ways; Letran sinks LPU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 18, 2017 08:23 PM
Jr. Blazers back to their winning ways; Letran sinks LPU
BACK ON TRACK. Inand Fornillos and company made sure CSB-LSGH was not going to have a third loss in a row.

STANDINGS
Malayan 6-1
CSB-LSGH 6-2
San Beda 6-2
Arellano 4-3
Letran 5-4
LPU 4-4
Perpetual 3-5
San Sebastian 3-5
JRU 1-6
EAC 1-7

Once the pacesetter in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament, College of St. Benilde has ran through a couple of speed bumps in the last week.

Momentum is finally back on their side as the Junior Blazers grounded Jose Rizal University, 76-55, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Coming off their first losing skid in the season, the win was much welcome from the boys from Greenhills. “After back-to-back losses, we really needed this one. We really needed to work on those two losses,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said.

CSB-LSGH rang off five consecutive victories before suffering its first setback against defending champion Malayan High School of Science. Three days later, they were then upset by San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Now, they are back on track with a 6-2 record that puts them on even ground with San Beda High School for the second spot.

Much of it was thanks to Inand Fornilos who sparked the 10-0 charge in the first three minutes of the third quarter that turned a slim one-point margin into a 42-31 advantage.

In the end, the transferee from University of Sto. Tomas had 13 points and eight rebounds while Joshua Marcos and Sidney Mosqueda also added 11 markers apiece.

The Junior Blazers did not skip a beat even without off-guard Albert Bordeos who was out due to an illness.

They now head into a big-time battle against fourth-running Arellano High School on Tuesday at the same venue. “We were already ready for Arellano three weeks ago. We just have to re-train that,” Bienvenida said, referring to the fact that their matchup was one of those that got postponed due to bad weather.

Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran continued its return to relevance with a convincing 93-87 victory versus Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Enoch Valdez busted out with a 30-point, 17-rebound double-double and had a more than capable wingman in fellow forward Kobe Monje who had 20 markers of his own.

At the other end, Keith Peralta, Kurt Reyson, and Niel Tolentino got-together to frustrate LPU’s star backcourt in Mac Guadana who had 18 points and seven turnovers and Vincent Cunanan who only scored three points.

With the win, the Squires rose above the .500 mark with a 5-4 record.

On the other hand, the Junior Pirates still could not string together a win run and now stand at 4-4.

In the day’s other game, San Sebastian College-Recoletos got back on track following a 97-77 rout of Emilio Aguinaldo College.

Four Staglets were in double-digits led by Neil Villapando who had 20 points to help them improve to 3-5.

Their respective losses drop the Light Bombers to 1-6 and the Brigadiers to 1-7.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SAN SEBASTIAN 97 – Villapando 20, Calahat 14, Pasamante 12, Cuntapay 11, Desoyo 9, Umayao 9, Rodriguez 6, Sumoda 6, Espiritu 4, Are 3, Timbancaya 3, Aguilar 0, Pelias 0, Magbanua 0, Suico 0

EAC 77 – Cruz 28, Dulatre 12, Castillo 12, De Quiros 10, Boado 6, Mananquil 4, Oriondo 3, Baliquig 2, Satillian 0, Tapales 0, Matilde 0, Mostoles 0, Diaz 0

QUARTER SCORES: 31-14, 54-30, 73-46, 97-77

SECOND GAME

LETRAN 93 – Valdez 30, Monje 20, Guarino 9, Tolentino 8, Reyson 7, Aniban 6, Ganapathy 5, Peralta 4, Tamayo 4, Cordero 0, Montes 0, Labrador 0, Fuentes 0, Culanay 0, Tabajen 0

LPU 87 – Guadana 18, Barba 15, De Leon 12, Salazar 12, Ruiz 11, Manuel 7, Jungco 4, Cunanan 3, Sandoval 3, Caringal 2, Umpad 0, Ortiz 0, Nocal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-25, 48-45, 68-57, 93-87

THIRD GAME

CSB-LSGH 76 – Fornilos 13, Mosqueda 11, Marcos 11, Cagulangan 10, David 8, Sangco 7, Lepalam 7, Lao 3, Cruz 3, Perez 2, Belgica 1, Morales 0, Dela Cruz 0

JRU 55 – Tolentino 10, Caballero 9, Agustin 7, Sumabat 6, Serrano 6, Camua 6, Sicat 4, Amores 4, Vasquez 3, Buno 0, Dionisio 0, Buazon 0, Sabado 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-5, 32-31, 61-45, 76-55

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