Light Bombers down another giant in Braves, MVP leader Fermin
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 07, 2017 09:02 PM
I DID IT AGAIN. JRU remains in the bottom third of the standings, but is the only team in the tournament to have defeated all of San Beda, Malayan, and Arellano.
San Beda 6-4
San Sebastian 4-5
Jose Rizal High School is on a winning streak for the first time in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And their back-to-back wins have come against no less than contenders.
The Light Bombers are now going streaking after taking the fight out of Arellano University and MVP leader Aaron Fermin, 86-84, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Javine Serrano proved his clutch credentials anew and got the go-ahead triple that propelled the boys from Shaw Boulevard to their second straight win.
Following a defensive stop, Tristan Tolentino then went off-glass to increase the JRU lead to five, 85-80, with under a minute to play.
The Braves were not quitting just yet and Kobe Camacho made good on a four-point play to trim their deficit to just a solitary point.
That was the closest they could come, however, as the Light Bomber defense stood strong the rest of the way while John Delos Santos put the finishing touches on the upset with a split from the stripe.
Serrano and Tolentino wound up with 22 and 21 points, respectively, as JRU’s forward clearly outplayed their counterparts.
They only have three wins to show through three games, but all of those three wins have come at the expense of top-tier opponents in San Beda High School, Malayan High School of Science, and now, Arellano – the last two of which have come in a row.
For the Braves, Camacho topped the scoring column with 23 points.
MVP leader Aaron Fermin’s struggles with only 10 points on 23 percent shooting to go along with 17 rebounds and five turnovers coupled with a porous defense in the endgame, however, dashed all the momentum they have worked hard to build up in the recent weeks.
With Arellano’s loss, now on a two-way tie for third-place is Colegio de San Juan de Letran which continued its rise with an 83-70 wire-to-wire win against University of Perpetual Help.
Enoch Valdez continued his own rise with 19 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in this one to lift the Squires to a fourth consecutive victory.
At 6-4, Letran now stands on even ground with archrival San Beda.
Just behind them are the 5-5 Braves followed by the Junior Altas and Lyceum of the Philippines University who are both at 4-6.
LETRAN 83 – Valdez 19, Ganapathy 13, Cordero 10, Moonje 9, Tolentino 9, Aniban 7, Tamayo 5, Peralta 4, Reyson 2, Labrador 2, Culanay 2, Fuentes 1, Guarino 0, Montes 0, Tabajen 0
PERPETUAL 70 – Razon 26, Cuevas 15, Bongay 11, De Leon 10, Siegue 3, Umali 3, Maneze 2, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Rocero 0, Romilla 0, Gallano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-11, 46-35, 68-51, 83-70
JRU 86 – Serrano 22, Tolentino 21, Agustin 17, Delos Santos 8, Caballero 6, Buazon 5, Vasquez 3, Camua 2, Sicat 2, Sumabat 0, Dionisio 0, Buno 0, Amores 0
ARELLANO 84 – Camacho 23, Espiritu 11, Fermin 10, Bataller 9, Segura 9, Domingo 9, Fornis 7, Camarillo 4, Tamayo 2, Liangco 0, Velasco 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-27, 48-41, 62-58, 86-84
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