Red Cubs move into two-way tie for second spot

Red Cubs move into two-way tie for second spot
TARGET LOCKED. Streaking San Beda is back to challenging for the remaining twice-to-beat advantage.

STANDINGS
Malayan 12-3
CSB-LSGH 11-5
San Beda 11-5
Letran 10-6
San Sebastian 8-7
Arellano 7-8
LPU 7-9
JRU 6-10
Perpetual 5-10
EAC 1-15

After an untimely three-game slide, here comes San Beda High School with a head full of steam now in the stretch run of the 93rd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Evan Nelle stroked the nets and the other Red Cubs just followed suit in their 35-point rout, 91-56, of Emilio Aguinaldo High School on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

A three-game slide to start the second round dragged down the boys from Taytay to as low as fourth-place.

Now, however, they have bounced back big-time with four consecutive victories and an 11-5 record – good for joint possession of the second spot with suddenly struggling College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills.

Nelle scored eight of his 21 points as San Beda raced to a hot start, 26-4, in the opening period.

They would never look back from that point all the way to a momentum-building win ahead of critical contests against fellow playoff hopefuls Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Sam Abu Hijleh also added a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double and seven other Red Cubs also contributed at least six points.

Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran is also keeping in step with the second and third-running teams after making quick work of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 76-64.

Kiefer Cordero scored 19 points to lead three other teammates in double-digits as the Squires improved to 10-6 – a record that still gives them a fighting chance at the only remaining playoff incentive.

For the Junior Pirates, Mac Guadana showed the way with 19 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. With the loss, however, they dropped down to the seventh spot at 7-9.

Getting pulled back in the playoff race is San Sebastian College-Recoletos which was upset by also-ran Jose Rizal High School, 76-84.

Toby Agustin was a man on a mission and had 26 points, nine rebounds, and three assists as the Light Bombers took down another playoff hopeful. Their list now includes San Beda, Malayan High School of Science, Arellano High School, and now, San Sebastian.

That is quite the list for a team that is no longer in contention with a 6-10 record.

On the other hand, it was an unwelcome loss for the Staglets who, now at 8-7, take a step back from the top four teams. As such, they need to win their remaining three assignments just to have a shot at a playoff berth.

Damie Cuntapay led them in the losing effort with a 13-point, 21-rebound double-double.

Their loss dropped the Brigadiers to 1-15.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SAN BEDA 91 – Nelle 21, Abu Hijleh 10, Velasquez 8, Etrata 8, Nayve 8, Obenza 7, Mahinay 7, Tagala 6, Sese 6, Dela Rosa 4, Alfaro 2, Lagumen 2, Oliva 2, Garcia 0

EAC 56 – Cruz 23, Castillo 15, Dulatre 8, Boado 3, Oriondo 3, Satillian 2, Tapales 2, Mananquil 0, Mostoles 0, Matilde 0, Suniga 0, Diaz 0, Ligot 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-4, 53-22, 76-37, 91-56

SECOND GAME

JRU 84 – Agustin 26, Camua 15, Caballero 11, Serrano 10, Dionisio 7, Tolentino 7, Sicat 3, Buno 3, Delos Santos 2, Buazon 0, Amores 0, Sabado 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 76 – Calahat 15, Desoyo 14, Cuntapay 13, Pelias 10, Villapando 9, Umayao 5, Pasamante 4, Sumoda 4, Aguilar 2, Timbancaya 0, Are 0, Magbanua 0, Rodriguez 0, Suico 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-21, 50-38, 65-54, 84-76

THIRD GAME

LETRAN 76 – Cordero 19, Aniban 16, Monje 13, Tolentino 10, Peralta 8, Guarino 5, Tamayo 3, Ganapathy 2, Reyson 0, Montes 0, Fuentes 0, Tabajen 0

LPU 64 – Guadana 19, Barba 15, Cunanan 7, Ruiz 6, Sandoval 5, Jungco 4, Manuel 3, Cuevas 3, Caringal 2, Arenal 0, Salazar 0, Clemente 0, Nocal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 27-35, 47-49, 76-64

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