NCAA: LSGH stays on top even as Braves, Robins bounce back

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 07, 2018 08:15 PM
NCAA: LSGH stays on top even as Braves, Robins bounce back
RC Calimag was at his best in CSB-LSGH's fourth consecutive victory

STANDINGS
LSGH 5-1
ARELLANO 4-1
PERPETUAL 3-1
MAPUA 4-2
SAN BEDA 2-2
SAN SEBASTIAN 3-4
JRU 2-3
LPU 2-5
EAC 1-4
LETRAN 1-4

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills is deeper now in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament compared to when it won the championship last year.

That’s nothing but bad news for the rest of the field as even though Joel Cagulangan had a substandard game, RC Calimag just took on the scoring cudgels in the Junior Blazers’ 80-71 victory versus Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

“He’s a good pickup for the team. He’s just being patient all along and waiting for his time to come,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said, referring to Calimag who is a transferee from De La Salle Zobel. “We haven’t seen the best of him yet.”

Indeed, Calimag finally broke out in his first season in the NCAA and scored 25 points on top of nine rebounds and two steals while Joshua David contributed 12 markers, six boards, and three assists in the defending champions’ fourth win in a row and fifth overall in six games.

Calimag and David did the heavy lifting in terms of scoring as Cagulangan instead focused on playmaking. “Not really a quiet game for Joel because LPU’s game plan was to stop him. In a sign of maturity for him, he was orchestrating the whole time,” coach Marvin said.

He then continued, “He was never a scoring guard. He’s a passing guard right from the start.”

The graduating guard only had eight points to his name, but also tallied nine assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

For the Junior Pirates, Mac Guadana showed the way with 23 points while John Barba struggled for the second straight game, only with nine markers, six rebounds, and three assists.

Meanwhile, Arellano High School rode the broad shoulders of Aaron Fermin to get back on track at the expense of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 78-72.

Aaron Fermin powered his way to a 27-point, 20-rebound double-double and was backstopped by Rom Junsay who scored 25 markers n an efficient 58-percent clip.

Still, the Braves were under siege in the last two minutes as the Squires tied the tally at 72-all.

It was at that point, however, that Junsay took care of business at the line and shot Arellano back onto the win column now at 4-1.

On the other hand, Letran remains at the bottom of the standings now at 1-4. Lenard Santiago topped the scoring column for them with 21 points.

Also bouncing back is Mapua High School which quelled a late rally be San Sebastian College-Recoletos for an 85-77 decision.

Main man Clint Escamis did it all with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists, and five steals while rookie Jonnel Policarpio busted out with a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double. Dan Arches also added 20 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds to help the Red Robins barge back into the win column now at 4-2.

It was also those three who combined for all of the Red Robins last 10 points which put a stop to the hard-charging Staglets.

Kean Baclaan and Milo Janao did their best to win the game for Baste with the former scoring 18 of his 27 points in the second half and the latter dropping half of his 20 markers in the final frame. Those proved to be far from enough, however, from preventing their team from falling to 3-4 in the season.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MAPUA 85 – Escamis 25, Policarpio 23, Arches 20, Hernandez 13, Smith 2, Quimado 2, Sarias 0, Dennison 0, Lazarte 0, Diaz 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 77 – Baclaan 27, Janao 20, Timbancaya 13, Are 5, Pinero 4, Cortes 4, Bonalos 2, Balo 2, Suico 0, Perez 0, Loristo 0, Gomez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-12, 37-26, 59-50, 85-77

SECOND GAME

CSB-LSGH 80 – Calimag 25, David 12, Sangco 10, Cagulangan 8, Fornilos 7, Natividad 5, Lao 3, Cortez 3, Palencia 3, Lepalam 2, Mosqueda 1, Morales 1, Lopez 0

LPU 71 – Guadana 23, De Leon 12, Barba 9, Tulabut 8, Jugar 7, Gudmalin 7, De Guia 4, Ragasa 1, Dejelo 0, Santos 0, Omandac 0, Nocal 0, Caringal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-17, 35-28, 57-49, 80-71

THIRD GAME

ARELLANO 78 – Fermin 27, Junsay 25, Templonuevo 10, Domingo 5, Fornis 4, Espiritu 3, Recto 3, Cabili 1, Sunga 0, Tolentino 0, Sahali 0, Javier 0, Liangco 0, Nepomuceno 0

LETRAN 72 – Santiago 21, Romenez 17, Guarino 7, Saure 7, Umali 6, Yanes 5, Miranda 3, Argente 2, Omega 2, Caugiran 1, Culanay 1, Tabajen 0, Tibayan 0, Tolentino 0, Lontok 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-8, 41-24, 56-50, 78-72

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