NCAA: Junsay erupts for 34 points in Braves' comeback vs Brigadiers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 19, 2018 04:28 PM
NCAA: Junsay erupts for 34 in Braves’ comeback vs Brigadiers
Rom Junsay was at the forefront of the comeback for home team Arellano

STANDINGS
PERPETUAL 2-0
ARELLANO 1-0
JRU 1-0
LSGH 1-0
LPU 1-1
SAN SEBASTIAN 1-1
LETRAN 0-1
MAPUA 0-1
SAN BEDA 0-1
EAC 0-2

Arellano High School is the last team to play in the 94th Season of the Juniors Basketball Tournament.

That showed as they fell onto a 21-point hole early on.

The Braves were a different team in the second half, however, and behind a career game from Ron Junsay, rallied past visiting Emilio Aguinaldo College, 79-77, on Thursday at the Arellano Gym in Legarda, Manila.

Junsay, who won a championship with Mapua High School two years ago, wasted no time in delivering the goods in his first game for his new team and scored a career-high 34 points on top of seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

“Alam na naman natin yan. ‘Matic na yan,” head coach Tylon Darjuan said of his new prized ward.

The home team stumbled off the gates and found themselves chasing down a 12-33 deficit in the second quarter. “May sinabi ako sa kanilang pampagising. Grabe yun e, ang laki nung hahabulin,” Darjuan said, referring to his halftime pep talk.

Indeed, Arellano did nothing but answer its coach’s call in the third quarter.

Junsay led the charge and was flanked by backcourt-mate Marlon Espiritu as well as Aaron Fermin and Lars Sunga.

Still, the tally was tied at 74-all inside the last two minutes until Espiritu’s split from the stripe and short stab put the Braves up, 77-74.

That proved to be more than enough to finalize the home team’s coming back from the dead and season-opening win.

In the end, Espiritu had 13 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Fermin posted a monster 10-point, 23-rebound double-double.

For EAC, CJ Boado topped the scoring column with 23 points. Unable to maintain their strong start, they drop to 0-2.

BOX SCORES

ARELLANO 79 – Junsay 34, Espiritu 13, Fermin 10, Sunga 10, Domingo 5, Tolentino 3, Fornis 2, Templonuevo 1, Sahali 1, Liangco 0, Nepomuceno 0, Cabili 0, Recto 0

EAC 77 – Boado 23, Balowa 19, Sumagaysay 11, Ilustrimo 11, Sanosa 4, Lozano 2, Pascual 2, Quebral 2, Rodrin 2, Encila 1, Murillo 0, Calara 0, Rivera 0, Papa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-24, 27-42, 56-57, 79-77

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