NCAA: Escamis, Red Robins put first blemish on Braves' record

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2018 12:40 PM
NCAA: Escamis, Robins put first blemish on Braves' record
Mapua has now taken down defending champion CSB-LSGH as well as another contender in Arellano

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

After being on the wrong end of an upset to begin the 94th Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament, Mapua High School is now on a roll.

Following the lead of Clint Escamis, the Red Robins outclassed and then outlasted erstwhile undefeated Arellano High School, 107-96, in overtime on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The graduating guard scored five of his 32 points in the last four minutes, with his layup and assist punctuating an 8-0 run to commence the extra period.

The 100-92 lead with three minutes remaining in overtime would prove to be more than enough for Mapua to score its third win in a row following a loss to start the season. “Sabi namin, kung gusto namin talagang mag-Final Four o Finals, kailangang talunin namin yung walang talo,” a satisfied head coach Randy Alcantara said.

Escamis also tallied seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks to make sure they overcame losing a 16-point lead in the final frame.

The Red Robins were on their way to a win in regulation, up by eight inside the last two minutes only to see Rom Junsay and Resty Fornis spur the Braves back in the game.

Come the extra period, however, their luck would run out as Dan Arches and Escamis took care of business for the Red Robins. “Nag-relax kami ng fourth, nagbigay kami ng 33 points so nagising kami dun,” coach Randy said.

Arches came off the bench to contribute 21 markers, four rebounds, and two assists while Karl Mariano also did his part with 23 points.

With the win, Mapua forged a three-way tie for the top spot in the standings. “Kailangan talaga talunin namin sila para pare-parehas na kaming may talo,” their mentor said.

Their win also put the first blemish on the once immaculate record of the Braves.

Marlon Espiritu topped the scoring column for them with 25 points while Aaron Fermin had another monster double-double of 18 markers and 22 rebounds. Junsay, in his first game up against his former team, scored 14 points, but shot 4-of-25 from the field.

In the day’s other game, San Beda High School finally entered the win column after rallying by Emilio Aguinaldo College, 86-81.

Jade Talampas did the heavy lifting with a 15-point, 17-rebound double-double as the Red Cubs roared to a much-needed win after three games.

On the other hand, Cjay Boado and JR Ilustrisimo’s 21 points apiece were far from enough to prevent the Brigadiers from falling to 1-3.

BOX SCORES

SECOND GAME

MAPUA 107 – Escamis 32, Mariano 23, Arches 21, Hernandez 14, Sarias 5, Smith 5, Quimado 4, Lazarte 2, Policarpio 1, Dennison 0, Diaz 0, Tagal 0.

ARELLANO 96 – Espiritu 25, Fermin 18, Junsay 14, Nepomuceno 11, Fornis 10, Sunga 9, Domingo 7, Tolentino 2, Recto 0, Sahali 0, Templonuevo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 27-17, 42-39, 70-59, 92-92, 107-96 (OT)

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 86 – Oliva 16, Talampas 15, Lazaro 9, Pelipel 9, Competente 7, Coyoca 7, Sanchez 6, Estacio 6, Ynot 4, Andrada 3, Llarena 2, Alcantara 2, Calibo 0

EAC 81 – Boado 21, Ilustrisimo 21, Balowa 14, Lozano 9, Sumagaysay 7, Quebral 4, Sanosa 3, Murillo 2, Encila 0, Pascual 0, Mejia 0, Papa 0, Rodrin 0, Rivera 0, Calara 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-26, 35-41, 60-57, 86-81

---

Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.

Latest News