Red Robins come from behind to take flight once more
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 25, 2017 08:06 PM
IT'S NOT ABOUT HOW YOU START. Clint Escamis and Malayan had to overcome a 23-point deficit to avoid what would have been their first losing skid in the season.
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Lyceum of the Philippines University started strong on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The only problem was, Malayan High School of Science finished even stronger.
Clint Escamis broke out with a big-time double-double, but it was Warren Bonifacio, Erick Jabel, and Carl Lacap who stood strong in the endgame as the Red Robins battled back from a 23-point deficit to frustrate Lyceum of the Philippines University in overtime, 102-98.
Jabel and Lacap scored eight points apiece in the final frame while Bonifacio pounded in all but four of his 12 points in the extra period to make sure their team was not going through what would have been its first losing skid in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Coming off their first taste of defeat a week ago, the defending champions looked like they were heading into another one as they were down by 21, 39-60, at the half.
Slowly but surely, however, Escamis led their fightback as they lowered their deficit to single digits, 64-73, after three quarters.
It was at that point that Jabel and Lacap took over and the two teams found themselves standing on even ground at the end of regulation.
In overtime, team captain Bonifacio overpowered his defenders and ultimately powered Malayan through LPU and all the way back to the win column now at 7-1.
The team captain wound up with 12 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks while Escamis ended with a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double to go along with three steals and two assists.
Jabel and Lacap also added 17 and 12 points, respectively, and Mike Enriquez chipped in 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists of his own.
Following this gutsy win, the Red Robins now turn their attention to one-win Jose Rizal University, plotting to maintain their place as solo league-leaders.
On the other hand, the Junior Pirates suffered their second straight setback and now stand at 4-5.
They close out the first round with back-to-back losses despite the best efforts of Mac Guadana who had 26 points, 13 points, and three assists.
MALAYAN 102 – Escamis 21, Enriquez 17, Jabel 17, Bonifacio 12, Lacap 12, Arches 11, Gozum 5, Ramos 3, Garcia 2, Sarias 2, Socias 2, Dennison 0, Sarmiento 0
LPU 98 – Guadana 26, Sandoval 13, De Leon 13, Ruiz 13, Barba 10, Arenal 8, Cunanan 7, Ortiz 4, Jungco 4, Umpad 0, Caringal 0, Manuel 0, Salazar 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-30, 39-60, 64-73, 90-90, 102-98 (OT)
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