NCAA: John Amores, Light Bombers take fight out of Braves

NCAA: John Amores, Light Bombers take fight out of Braves
JRU has continued its giant-killing ways now in NCAA Season 94 (FILE PHOTO)

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

Jose Rizal High School is the only team in the 94th Season of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament thus far to have downed both playoff hopefuls Mapua High School and Arellano High School.

Behind a scintillating 18-2 surge in the last five minutes, the Light Bombers took down the Braves, 79-64, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Of course, John Amores fronted the rally by dropping eight of his 27 points in that pivotal push. “Ang maganda, talaga kasing pinagtatrabahuan ng mga bata e. Gusto talaga nila manalo,” a beaming head coach Vic Lazaro said post-game.

Trailing by one with five minutes remaining, the do-it-all swingman got together with John Delos Santos and Gab Baluyut and, all of a sudden buried Arellano in a hole it would never get out of.

Amores, the hands-down most improved player in the tournament, also added five rebounds and four assists in JRU’s third win in six games.

Delos Santos wound up with 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Baluyut had 13 markers and three blocks of his own. “’Di kami ganun kalaki so kino-compensate namin sa trabaho, hardwork, hustle, defense,” their mentor said.

Behind those three, the Light Bombers scored another upset to add to their takedown of the Red Robins to start the season.

Rom Junsay topped the scoring column for the Braves with 18 points while Aaron Fermin posted another strong double-double of 15 points and 20 rebounds to go along with three blocks. Going cold in the last five minutes, though, they fell back to fourth-place now at 4-2.

With Arellano’s loss, Mapua seized solo third with a come-from-behind victory versus Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-79.

The Red Robins found themselves trailing by 10 at halftime until Clint Escamis and Dan Arches took over, combining for all but six points in their 29-point third quarter. Those two players outscored all of the Brigadiers in the same timeframe, 23-19.

Escamis ended up with 28 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals while Arches had 22 markers, five boards, and three steals of his own.

Paolo Hernandez joined in on the fun in the final frame, pouring in all of his 12 points to help Mapua fend off its opponent and finalize its ascent to 5-2.

EAC fell for the fifth time in six games despite the best efforts of Cjay Boado and JR Ilustrisimo who scored 21 and 15 points, respectively.

In the day’s other game, San Beda High School got the better of archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 75-74, in overtime.

Penny Estacio delivered the game-winning triple and wound up with 10 points in the Red Cubs’ third consecutive victory following a 0-2 start to the season.

The Squires dropped to 1-5 with the loss.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MAPUA 80 - Escamis 28, Arches 22, Hernandez 12, Policarpio 7, Sarias 4, Tagal 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 2, Smith 1, Chavez 0, Quimado 0.

EAC 79 - Boado 21, Ilustrimo 15, Balowa 15, Pascual 12, Encila 5, Lozano 4, Quebral 3, Sanosa 2, Sumagaysay 2, Murillo 0, Rodin 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-24, 33-43, 62-62, 80-79

SECOND GAME

JRU 79 – Amores 27, Delos Santos 14, Baluyut 13, Vasquez 10, Bucoy 7, Dionisio 4, Portales 2, Icban 2, Macatangay 0, Fortuna 0, Ganut 0, Mendoza 0

ARELLANO 64 – Junsay 18, Fermin 15, Sunga 9, Domingo 7, Fornis 6, Nepomuceno 3, Espiritu 2, Tolentino 2, Liangco 2, Templonuevo 0, Sahali 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-18, 35-30, 50-51, 79-64

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 75 - Pelipel 12, Olivia 11, Estacio 10, Ynot 10, Lazaro 7, Alcantara 6, Sanchez 6, Andrada 5, Coyoca 5, Valencia 2, Talampas 1, Calibo 0,

LETRAN 74 - Saure 17, Umali 13, Romenez 11, Culanay 7, Yanes 6, Caugiran 4, Miranda 4, Santiago 4, Argente 2, TATibayan 2, Tolentino 2, Guarino 0, Lontok 0, Omega 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 14-14, 24-31, 47-45, 67-67, 75-74.

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