NCAA: Red Cubs, Staglets boost bids for Final Four

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2018 02:58 PM
NCAA: Red Cubs, Staglets boost bids for Final Four
Third-running San Beda gained some much welcome separation from fourth-running JRU

STANDINGS
LSGH 10-2
MAPUA 9-3
SAN BEDA 9-4
JRU 7-6
PERPETUAL 5-6
ARELLANO 5-6
LPU 5-7
SAN SEBASTIAN 5-8
LETRAN 3-8
EAC 2-10

San Beda High School stayed within striking distance of the top two and San Sebastian College-Recoletos stayed alive and kicking in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The two teams made sure the Final Four remained a nine-team race following separate well-earned wins on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Red Cubs stood strong in the middle periods to take care of business against Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-71.

Winderlich Coyoca built on his breakout game the last time around with 18 points, four steals, two rebounds, and two assists in this one while Winston Ynot and Kent Pelipel chipped in 13 and 11 markers, respectively.

Trailing by one after the opening salvo, San Beda turned it on and dominate their opponents by a score of 46-32 in the second and third quarters.

That double-digit lead would be more than enough for their ninth win in the last 11 games following a 0-2 start to the season.

At 9-4, the Red Cubs are breathing down the necks of top two teams 10-2 College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and 9-3 Mapua High School.

Third-running San Beda also gained separation from fourth-running Jose Rizal High School after it fell to the Staglets, 51-56.

Milo Janao did the heavy lifting as always with 19 points and seven rebounds while JP Timbancaya contributed 10 markers and six boards of his own. Behind those two, the Staglets took the fight out of their opponents and charged to 5-8 – still well in contention in the tournament.

John Amores paced the Light Bombers with 16 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists. He was the lone scorer in double-digits, however, and as such, saw his squad fail to build on its big-time upset of the Red Robins a week ago.

Still, with a 7-6 record, JRU stayed at solo fourth all of University of Perpetual Help (5-6), Arellano High School (5-6), Lycuem of the Philippines University (5-7), Baste (3-8), and even Colegio de San Juan de Letran (3-8) right behind.

Meanwhile, the loss pushed the Brigadiers to the brink now at 2-10.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SAN SEBASTIAN 56 – Janao 19, Timbancaya 10, Are 6, Gomez 6, Loristo 4, Cortes 4, Balo 3, Perez 2, Suico 2, Baclaan 0, Cruz 0, Dela Cruz 0, Austria 0

JRU 51 – Amores 16, Vasquez 7, Bucoy 7, Ganut 6, Icban 4, Dionisio 3, Portales 3, Baluyut 2, Sy 2, Mangio 1, Delos Santos 0, Fortuna 0

QUARTER SCORES: 11-10, 29-25, 38-36, 56-51

SECOND GAME

SAN BEDA 80 – Coyoca 18, Ynot 13, Pelipel 11, Llarena 9, Estacio 8, Oliva 7, Lazaro 6, Andrada 4, Talampas 2, Valencia 2, Sanchez 0, Alcantara 0, Calibo 0

EAC 71 – Ilustrisimo 16, Boado 14, Sanosa 9, Balowa 7, Murillo 7, Quebral 6, Lozano 4, Sumagaysay 4, Encila 2, Mejia 2, Pascual 0, Calara 0, Rivera 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 38-28, 59-46, 80-71

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