NCAA: Mosqueda stars as Jr. Blazers seize solo first

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 02, 2018 04:09 PM
NCAA: Mosqueda stars as Jr. Blazers seize solo first
Thanks to Syndney Mosqueda, CSB-LSGH is now in possession of the league lead for the first time in its title defense (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
LSGH 4-1
ARELLANO 3-1
MAPUA 3-1
PERPETUAL 2-1
SAN BEDA 1-2
JRU 2-3
LPU 2-3
SAN SEBASTIAN 2-3
EAC 1-3
LETRAN 1-3

After suffering its first setback in the 94th Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament, College of St. Benilde has scored back-to-back morale-boosting win.

With Joel Cagulangan a little quieter than usual, it was the other Junior Blazers who made noise in an 82-66 victory versus home team Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila.

Cagulangan, the top point guard in all of high school going on two years now, only had, for his standards, 11 points, seven assists, and four rebounds.

In his stead, it was Sydney Mosqueda and Joshua David who did the heavy lifting with the former finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists and the latter ending with 14 markers, eight boards, three dimes, and two steals.

CSB-LSGH also leaned on that balanced attack in a 22-5 run that erased a four-point halftime deficit and erected a 53-40 advantage at the 2:36 mark of the third quarter.

Mosqueda scored the last six points in what proved to be that pivotal push that eventually ended as their second straight win and fourth overall in five games. “I’m happy for him. I hope this continued for him in the next games,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said.

This, just two days after the defending champions triumphed in a thrilling double-overtime affair opposite Jose Rizal High School. “It’s all about mental toughness. We were able to make good use of our rest day and good thing we came out with a lot of fire in this game,” coach Marvin said.

With the win, the Junior Blazers are alone atop the leaderboard for the first time in the season.

On the other hand, the Squires fell to the bottom of the standings now at 1-3. Shawn Umali was the lone bright spot for them with 11 points and seven rebounds.

BOX SCORES

CSB-LSGH 82 – Mosqueda 19, David 14, Cagulangan 11, Calimag 8, Cortez 8, Sangco 6, Fornilos 6, Palencia 4, Lao 3, Lopez 2, Morales 1, Natividad 0, Arciaga 0, Valenzuela 0, Lepalam 0

LETRAN 66 – Umali 11, Culanay 9, Saure 8, Tabajen 8, Miranda 6, Tolentino 5, Romenez 4, Guarino 4, Argente 3, Santiago 3, Yanes 2, Omega 2, Lontok 1, Tibayan 0, Caugiran 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-11, 31-35, 60-47, 82-66

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