Jr. Blazers rally by Braves to go streaking heading into Round 2

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 25, 2017 08:06 PM
Jr. Blazers rally by Braves to go streaking into Round 2
FROM THE BACK. CSB-LSGH leaned on total team effort to dispatch of Arellano big man Aaron Fermin's monster 32-point, 17-rebound, and 3-block effort.

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

Without a doubt, Arellano High School had the size advantage against College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

That didn’t matter for the Junior Blazers, however, who showed heart in seizing a 79-77 comeback victory versus the Braves to end their first round of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament on a high.

Trailing by as much as 15 in the first half and still by eight entering the fourth, CSB-LSGH got a pleasant surprise from seldom-used team captain Jesmar Pedrosa who poured in six of his 10 points in the quarter.

Right there with him was pointman Joel Cagulangan who also scored all but four of his 10 points in the endgame all while steering his squad onto a 27-point final frame.

Conversely, all of Arellano, except for big man Aaron Fermin, ran out of gas.

Fermin has nearly half of his team’s 17-point output in the last 10 minutes, but had to work for each and every one of his points as Inand Fornilos and Ladis Lepalam connived to frustrate him.

In the end, CSB-LSGH counted four players in double-digits led by Joshua Marcos who had 15 points.

Again playing without scoring guard Albert Bordeos, the Junior Blazers still had enough to eke out back-to-back wins and end the first round at 7-2 – well inside the top three in the league.

Fermin did all in his power to take this one for the Braves with 32 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks, but did not have the same sort of help as their opponents had.

Arellano has now lost two of their last three for an overall 4-4 record. They still have a matchup against San Beda High School on their schedule.

BOX SCORES

CSB-LSGH 79 – Marcos 15, Lepalam 12, Cagulangan 10, Pedrosa 10, David 6, Mosqueda 6, Fornilos 4, Curz 4, Sangco 4, Lao 3, Dela Cruz 3, Morales 2, Perez 0

ARELLANO 77 – Fermin 32, Camacho 11, Segura 7, Tamayo 6, Espiritu 6, Baltazar 5, Bataller 4, Domingo 3, Velasco 2, Fornis 1, Liangco 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-21, 36-43, 52-60, 79-77

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