NCAA: Light Bombers take down foul-plagued Escamis, Red Robins
In just the first two game days of the NCAA Season 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament, there have already been two upsets
SAN SEBASTIAN 1-0
SAN BEDA 0-1
Mapua High School will go wherever Clint Escamis takes them in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
With Escamis only playing 16 minutes, however, Jose Rizal High School got the better of the Red Robins, 80-70, on Thursday at home at the school’s gym in Mandaluyong City.
Buoyed by the home crowd right from tip-off, the Light Bombers went right at their favored opponents.
Behind back-to-back baskets and bonuses from Marwin Dionisio, they built up a 15-10 edge early on.
Determined to bring his team back, Escamis was caught being much too much aggressive and picked up three fouls in the first quarter. By halftime, he had four and was benched for the third period.
Once he returned to the court, though, the graduating guard wasted no time in leading Mapua to within 60-63.
Escamis wasn’t in action for long, however, as he picked up his fifth and final foul when he was caught kicking out while launching a corner triple with 7:12 remaining.
Without their main man, the Red Robins would not be able to mount any comeback as Dionisio and Thomas Vasquez continued to pilot JRU ahead.
In the end, Dionisio posted a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double while Vasquez chipped in 12 markers, four boards, and three assists. Cadell Buno and John Amores also added 14 and 13 points, respectively, as the Light Bombers scored a season-opening win.
Tripped in the just the first game, Mapua joins fellow powerhouse San Beda High School at the bottom of the standings.
Dan Sarias fronted their effort with 16 points. Escamis only had nine points, two rebounds and two assists in a frustrating start to the season.
JRU 80 – Dionisio 19, Buno 14, Amores 13, Vasquez 12, Baluyot 8, Mendoza 6, Portales 4, Icban 4, Delos Santos 0, Macatangay 0, Fortuna 0, Garcia 0
MAPUA 70 – Sarias 16, Mariano 13, Escamis 9, Policarpio 8, Quimado 8, Hernandez 7, Smith 6, Arches 3, Dennison 0, Chavez 0, Fransman 0, Diaz 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-12, 43-33, 63-60, 80-70
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