NCAA: League-leading LSGH takes fight out of Arellano

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 17, 2018 11:52 AM
NCAA: League-leading LSGH takes fight out of Arellano
Inand Fornilos made sure CSB-LSGH gave no chance whatsoever to heated rival Arellano in their heavyweight bout (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
LSGH 7-1
MAPUA 6-2
JRU 5-3
ARELLANO 4-3
PERPETUAL 4-3
SAN BEDA 3-3
SAN SEBASTIAN 4-5
LPU 2-5
LETRAN 1-5
EAC 1-7

After eight games in the 94th Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills has already left no doubt that it is the team-to-beat.

The Junior Blazers presented another evidence why on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the backcourt of Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David was an unstoppable force all over and Inand Fornilos was an immovable object down low in their 74-66 victory versus Arellano High School.

Cagulangan did his thing in stuffing the stat sheet with 14 points, five assists, and three rebounds while David was yet again his partner-in-crime with his own 14 markers, five boards, and four dimes.

However, it was Fornilos who proved to be a problem in the earlygoing in pounding in all of his eight points and nine of his 12 rebounds in the first half. “He may not have played much in the second half, but Inand gave us the boost we needed at the start,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said.

On the shoulders of their second-year forward, CSB-LSGH got off to a strong 18-5 start and even had a 20-point lead, 47-27, near the end of the second half. “Strong starts are important in every game. We’re happy we got that today and that helped us win even though Arellano adjusted, as expected, in the second half,” coach Marvin said.

Of course, the Braves kept coming and battled back to as close as five, 62-67, under the last two minutes only to see David nail a corner three to keep them at bay once and for all.

The latest win is the sixth win a row and seventh overall in eight games for the Junior Blazers.

Suddenly slumping University of Perpetual Help is all that remains in their schedule. They would claim the top spot after the first round with another win there.

On the other hand, after a 3-0 start to the season, Arellano has now lost three of its last four.

Rey Domingo fronted the effort for them with 13 points as Rom Junsay, Lars Sunga, and Marlon Espiritu all struggled with a combined 33 points in 13-of-35 shooting and seven turnovers. Aaron Fermin also fell short of his high standards and only had nine points and 14 rebounds in this one.

Meanwhile, Jose Rizal High School willed its way into solo third after weathering the storm brought about by Emilio Aguinaldo College, 74-69.

John Amores, the frontrunner for Most Improved Player, tallied 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists and was backstopped by John Delos Santos who had 17 markers, eight boards, and four dimes of his own.

Before the two Johns, the Light Bombers overcame a terrible day from the free throw line, going 13-of-30, to improve to 5-3 – leaping over 4-3 Arellano and University and Perpetual Help and 3-3 San Beda High School.

For the 1-7 Brigadiers, Cjay Boado topped the scoring column with 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 74 – Cagulangan 14, David 14, Calimag 10, Sangco 10, Palencia 10, Fornilos 8, Natividad 6, Morales 2, Lao 0, Cortez 0

ARELLANO 66 – Domingo 13, Junsay 12, Sunga 11, Espiritu 10, Fermin 9, Fornis 4, Templonuevo 3, Tolentino 2, Nepomuceno 2, Liangco 0, Sahali 0, Caniones 0, Recto 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 47-29, 58-46, 74-66

SECOND GAME

JRU 74 – Amores 21, Delos Santos 17, Bucoy 14, Vasquez 8, Dionisio 6, Baluyut 5, Ganut 3, Portales 0, Icban 0, Fortuna 0, Buno 0

EAC 69 – Boado 21, Ilustrisimo 17, Pascual 11, Sanosa 6, Lozano 4, Balowa 2, Sumagaysay 2, Encila 2, Quebral 2, Rivera 2, Murillo 0, Mejia 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-22, 33-30, 57-45, 74-69

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