NCAA: Robins top Squires in heated game to take solo second
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Clint Escamis and Mapua made quick work of Letran to keep rolling (FILE PHOTO)
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Mapua High School will be assured of a top two finish after the first round in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Clint Escamis yet again did it all and the Red Robins came out the better in a late-game scuffle to down Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 83-63, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Escamis wound up with 24 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals to lead his team to a 7-2 standing at the end of the first round – they can even tie league-leading College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills if it gets upset in its last assignment.
However, Mapua took its time to get going, falling behind by seven early in the second quarter before catching fire and pouring in 73 points from the second to the fourth periods.
That wasn’t the only thing that caught fire, though, as with 6:55 minutes remaining, Red Robin Dan Arches and Squire CJ Saure got into it.
Apparently, Arches made good on a shot and then told sweet nothings to Saure. The latter apparently took offense and the two got too close for comfort with each other.
From there, Letran’s Kyle Tolentino and Mark Omega rushed from the bench. Fortunately, game officials and security put a stop to proceedings before anything could escalate.
After replay reviews, Saure was assessed with an unsportsmanlike foul as well as a technical foul for showing a fighting stance. With that, he was sent back to the locker room along with Tolentino and Omega who were slapped with technicals for entering the playing court.
Arches did not get any sanction and proceeded to convert a couple of charities from Saure’s unsportsmanlike foul.
Play resumed not long after, but by then, Mapua was in complete control.
Arches wound up with 19 points to help his team stretch its streak to four in a row.
Still, coach Randy said his boys need to do better at keeping their emotions in check.
For the Squires, Saure was the lone bright spot before his ejection. He scored a season-high 16 points before falling helpless in preventing their fall to 1-7 in the standings.
Meanwhile, San Beda High School got back on track at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 63-59.
Kent Pelipel showed the way with 17 points while fellow guards Kai Oliva and Cyrus Llarena merged for 18 markers, seven rebounds, and four assists in the Red Cubs’ fourth win in seven games.
For the now 3-6 Junior Pirates, Mac Guadana was the top scorer with 18 points and nine rebounds.
MAPUA 83 – Escamis 24, Arches 19, Policarpio 16, Quimado 9, Tagal 5, Mariano 4, Hernandez 2, Lazarte 2, Diaz 2, Sarias 0, Smith 0, Dennison 0, Fransman 0, Samonteza 0
LETRAN 63 – Saure 16, Tabajen 8, Yanes 8, Lontok 7, Culanay 5, Santiago 5, Umali 4, Caugiran 3, Guarino 3, Tolentino 3, Romenez 1, Tibayan 0, Argente 0, Omega 0
QUARTER SCORES: 10-16, 35-32, 61-63, 83-63
SAN BEDA 63 – Pelipel 17, Llarena 9, Oliva 9, Estacio 7, Valencia 7, Sanchez 6, Ynot 5, Lazaro 3, Andrada 0, Calibo 0, Competente 0, Talampas 0.
LPU 59 – Guadana 18, Barba 11, Tulabut 11, Omandac 10, Ragasa 4, Nocal 3, De Guia 2, Cambi 0, Caringal 0, Dejelo 0, Gudmalin 0, Jugar 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 11-13, 23-20, 40-44, 63-59.
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