NCAA: Junsay-Fermin tandem tows Braves to 3-0

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 27, 2018 01:17 PM
NCAA: Junsay-Fermin tandem tows Braves to 3-0
Rom Junsay and Aaron Fermin proved to be thorns on the side of San Sebastian

STANDINGS
ARELLANO 3-0
LSGH 2-1
MAPUA 2-1
PERPETUAL 2-1
JRU 2-2
EAC 1-2
LETRAN 1-2
LPU 2-3
SAN SEBASTIAN 2-3
SAN BEDA 0-2

Arellano High School may have begun its campaign in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament late, but it has taken no time at all to get going.

Yet again riding the inside-outside combo of Rom Junsay and Aaron Fermin, the Braves stopped hard-charging San Sebastian College-Recoletos dead in its tracks for a 98-93 decision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Junsay still sizzled in totaling 25 points to go along with five assists while Fermin remained a force down low for a 22-point, 18-rebound double-double on top of two blocks.

Behind those two, Arellano had all the answers for Baste en route to their third consecutive victory to start the season.

Lars Sunga also contributed 16 points and six rebounds as he continued his roaring return from a season-ending injury.

The Braves waited two weeks after the season opened to play their first game, but now stand alone atop the leaderboard.

For San Sebastian, Kean Baclaan stuffed the stat sheet with 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Unable to keep up with their opponent’s inside-outside combo, however, they drop to 2-3.

Meanwhile, Mapua University scored a second straight convincing victory, sinking Lyceum of the Philippines University, 93-76.

Clint Escamis made his presence felt all over anew with 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Jonnel Policarpio also impressed with a 17-marker, 11-board double-double.

After a close contest in the opening salvo, Escamis steered the Red Robins to outscoring their opponents, 55-35, in the middle periods.

They would never look back all the way to a share of second with idle College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and University of Perpetual Help at 2-1.

Marj De Leon paced the Junior Pirates with 14 points and 10 rebounds. With Mclaude Guadana and John Barba relatively quiet, though, they dropped to 2-3 in the standings.

In the day’s other game, Jose Rizal High School returned to the win column at the expense of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 71-59.

John Delos Santos showed the way with 15 points, six assists, five rebounds, and four steals for the now 2-2 Light Bombers.

The Squires dropped to1-2 with the loss.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

JRU 71 – Delos Santos 15, Amores 13, Baluyot 13, Dionisio 9, Buno 7, Icban 5, Mendoza 5, Vasquez 2, Portales 2

LETRAN 59 – Umali 12, Romenez 8, Guarino 7, Santiago 7, Miranda 5, Yanes 5, Tibayan 4, Tolentino 4, Lontok 3, Tabajen 2, Omega 2, Argente 0, Culanay 0, Caugiran 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-20, 32-30, 51-47, 71-59

SECOND GAME

ARELLANO 98 – Junsay 25, Fermin 22, Sunga 16, Espiritu 15, Fornis 9, Doningo 4, Cabili 3, Templonuevo 2, Liangco 2, Sahali 0, Tolentino 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 93 – Baclaan 28, Pinero 18, Janao 16, Perez 9, Balo 8, Are 8, Bonalos 4, Dela Cruz 2, Loristo 0, Cortes 0, Gomez 0, Suico 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 43-45, 73-70, 98-93

BOX SCORES

THIRD GAME

MAPUA 93 – Escamis 26, Policarpio 17, Arches 11, Sarias 11, Smith 8, Quimado 4, Diaz 4, Dennison 4, Mariano 3, Hernandez 3, Lazarte 2, Samonteza 0, Tagal 0, Fransman 0

LPU 76 – De Leon 14, Guadana 13, Barba 12, Jugar 11, Omandac 7, Pagdanganan 6, Gudmalin 5, Tulabut 4, De Guia 4, Dejelo 0, Ragasa 0, Caringal 0, Nocal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-16, 44-34, 71-51, 93-76

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