NCAA: Jonnel Policarpio stars as Red Robins school Jr. Atlas
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2018 03:06 PM
Jonnel Policarpio is continuing to introduce himself just as Mapua is continuing to rise in the standings
SAN BEDA 3-3
SAN SEBASTIAN 4-5
Mapua High School has come a long way from being cellar-dwellers to becoming contenders in NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
On Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Red Robins showed upstart University of Perpetual Help just how it’s done with a dominant 89-65 decision.
Rookie Jonnel Policarpio made his presence felt anew with 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals and was backstopped by sophomore Dan Arches who had 17 markers, three boards, three dimes, and two pilfers of his own in their rise to 6-2 in the standings.
The Junior Altas have been the most surprising squad in the first round of the tournament and continued to show why, actually leading by two after the opening salvo.
Come the second quarter, however, Policarpio imposed his will and dropped 14 points to almost match what all of Perps could muster at 16 points.
Mapua would never look back as it outclassed its opponent the rest of the way – especially in the middle periods where it dominated by a score of 51-27.
Main man Clint Escamis had a subpar scoring game, for his standards, with only 14 points, but contributed elsewhere with seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Paolo Hernandez also had 14 markers and eight boards to make sure the Red Robins stood firm at solo second in the standings.
For Perpetual, Joshua Gallano topped the scoring column with 15 points and six rebounds. Unable to keep up with the powerhouse, however, they fell for the second time in a row to a 4-3 record.
Meanwhile, San Sebastian College-Recoletos survived a late rally by San Beda High School, 52-51.
Milo Janao posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double and also had the last make for the Staglets that mounted a 52-40 edge with five minutes remaining. They would go scoreless from that point, but that double-digit lead would prove to be enough for their return to the win column now at 4-5.
For the Red Cubs, Penny Estacio fired eight of his 13 points in the last five minutes. With their rally falling short, however, they saw their three-game win run come to a halt and drop down to 3-3 in the standings.
MAPUA 89 – Policarpio 23, Arches 17, Escamis 14, Hernandez 14, Quimado 6, Diaz 5, Fransman 4, Mariano 2, Smith 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 0, Samonteza 0
PERPETUAL 65 – Gallano 15, Galman 11, Barcuma 7, Defante 7, Nunez 5, Lauchengco 5, Coloma 4, Kawamura 4, Orgo 3, Romilla 2, Agbayani 2, Ogunsanya 0, Duka 0, Galoy 0, Dela Cruz 0
QUARTER SCORES: 14-16, 38-32, 65-43, 89-65
SAN SEBASTIAN 52 – Janao 13, Baclaan 11, Pinero 8, Bonaos 5, Balo 5, Are 3, Loristo 3, Suico 2, Perez 2, Timbancaya 0, Gomez 0
SAN BEDA 51 – Estacio 13, Talampas 10, Ynot 6, Lazaro 5, Pelipel 4, Alcantara 4, Sanchez 3, Competente 3, Coyoca 2, Oliva 1, Andrada 0, Llarena 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-12, 25-27, 45-37, 52-51
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