NCAA: Red Cubs quell Light Bombers’ uprising

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2018 03:04 PM
NCAA: Red Cubs quell Light Bombers’ uprising
Kai Oliva and San Beda are winners of four in a row

LSGH 8-1
JRU 5-5
LPU 4-6
EAC 1-8

Without a doubt, San Beda High School has reinforced its place as a legitimate contender in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Red Cubs now have three victories versus upstarts in the span of 11 days, the latest a 62-56 weathering of the storm brought about by Jose Rizal High School on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Kai Oliva topped the scoring column with 15 points, including his team’s one and only make in the last three minutes.

San Beda was up by 11 with under four minutes left before the Light Bombers scored six unanswered to pull within 54-59. “They are a tough team, a really tough team. Pero masarap kalaban kasi they bring out the best in you,” a satisfied head coach JB Sison said post-game.

Sent to the line in the ensuing possession, however, Oliva coolly converted his couple of charities to keep JRU and bay once and for all.

Just a week ago, San Beda also survived hard-charging JRU. Four days before that, they downed Arellano High School.

Now, the traditional powerhouse has rang off seven wins in eight games after a 0-2 start to the season ans are just right behind fellow contenders College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and Mapua University. “We’re not satisfied yet kasi yung twice-to-beat ang gusto namin,” coach JB said.

For the Light Bombers, John Amores also had a bounce back game with 15 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and two assists. Falling to the Red Cubs twice in a week, however, they now find themselves at 5-5.

In the day’s other game, Lyceum of the Philippines University fanned its hopes for the playoffs by stopping San Sebastian College-Recoletos dead in its tracks, 99-93, in overtime.

John Barba woke up from his slumber in the past games with 28 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in this one. Mac Guadana also contibuted 24 markers and four dimes to help hike the Junior Pirates’ record to 4-6.

Now tied with them are the Staglets who were led by Dave Balo who had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. Milo Janao had his own 17-point, 11-rebound double-double while Kean Baclaan also added 19 markers, seven boards, and five assists..



LPU 99 – Barba 28, Guadana 24, Dejelo 10, Ragasa 10, De Guia 8, Tulabut 7, Cambi 6, Omandac 5, Jugar 1, Caringal 0, Gudmalin 0, Nocal 0, Santos 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 93 – Balo 22, Baclaan 19, Janao 17, Pinero 16, Perez 7, Timbancaya 6, Are 2, Cortes 2, Suico 2, Dela Cruz 0, Gomez 0. 
QUARTER SCORES: 28-17, 45-29, 65-53, 81-81, 99-93


SAN BEDA 62 – Oliva 15, Sanchez 15, Estacio 7, Lazaro 7, Llarena 5, Alcantara 4, Coyoca 3, Pelipel 2, Talampas 2, Valencia 2, Andrada 0, Calibo 0.

JRU 56 – Amores 15, Dionisio 11, Delos Santos10, Baluyot 5, Fortuna 5, Vasquez 5, Bucoy 2, Sy 2, Icban 1, Buno 0, Ganut 0, Macatangay 0, Portales 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-19, 30-25, 46-36, 62-56.


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