NCAA: LSGH bounces back as Cagulangan burns down Braves

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 21, 2018 12:57 PM
NCAA: LSGH bounces back as Cagulangan burns down Braves
Joel Cagulangan made it rain inside the venue as CSB-LSGH mowed down Arellano (Photo courtesy of Gelay Davocol)

STANDINGS
LSGH 11-2
MAPUA 10-3
SAN BEDA 9-4
JRU 7-6
PERPETUAL 5-6
ARELLANO 5-7
LPU 5-7
SAN SEBASTIAN 5-8
LETRAN 3-9
EAC 2-10

There was a fireworks show inside the Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday – and it was all courtesy of Joel Cagulangan.

Cagulangan waxed hot with a career-best 38 points as College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills bombarded Arellano High School with long-range missiles for a 91-77 rout on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The graduating guard already had nine points at the half, but still saw his team trailing by three. “We just let them play. We just let them play in the second half,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said, talking about their halftime adjustment.

And so, come the third, Cagulangan turned it on, starting the quarter with three triples to erase their deficit and erect a 40-34 lead.

The Junior Blazers would not be stopped from that point, scoring 43 in the third quarter. For reference, they only had 28 points at the half.

In the end, the reigning and defending Finals MVP had 12 treys to his name to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the defending champions back into the win column now at 11-2. “He’s been struggling these past few games. He kind of changed his mentality for the second round and now, he’s trying to pull his level to this,” his mentor said of his career performance

He was flanked, as always, by Joshua David who had 24 points, half of which were from threes, on top of six rebounds, and three assists as well as Inand Fornilos who had 12 markers, eight boards, and five blocks.

In all, CSB-LSGH hit 18 three-pointers and dominated the department of perimeter points, 58-18.

On the other hand, the Braves were unable to sustain their inside dominance and now find themselves farther away from the top four with a 5-7 record. Rom Junsay topped the scoring column for them with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Aaron Fermin also posted an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double.

Meanwhile, second-running Mapua High School kept in step with first-running CSB-LSGH after rallying by Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 69-66.

Missing main main Clint Escamis who was resting his ailing left knee, the Red Robins had to battle back from a 13-point deficit entering the final frame.

Fortunately for them, Dan Arches and Paolo Hernandez only stepped up, combining for 20 points in the last nine minutes as the Red Robins came from behind for their 10th win in 13 games.

Arches wound up with 19 points, three rebounds, and three assists while Hernandez ended up with 22 markers, nine boards, four dimes, and three steals.

Neil Guarino paced the Squires with 15 points and seven rebounds. Unable to finish off the upset, they fall to 3-9 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MAPUA 69 – Hernandez 22, Arches 19, Mariano 10, Diaz 7, Sarias 6, Policarpio 4, Lazarte 1, Smith 0, Quimado 0, Dennison 0, Tagal 0

LETRAN 66 – Guarino 15, Saure 13, Omega 8, Tabajen 6, Yanes 6, Argente 5, Tibayan 5, Umali 3, Romenez 2, Caugiran 2, Santiago 1, Lontok 0, Culanay 0, Tolentino 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 25-30, 38-51, 69-66

SECOND GAME

CSB-LSGH 91 – Cagulangan 38, David 24, Fornilos 12, Mosqueda 7, Sangco 5, Calimag 3, Palencia 2, Natividad 0, Lao 0, Cortez 0, Morales 0, Lepalam 0, Arciaga 0

ARELLANO 77 – Junsay 20, Fermin 18, Sunga 11, Fornis 10, Recto 8, Domingo 6, Tolentino 2, Cabili 2, Espiritu 0, Javier 0, Nepomuceno 0, Templonuevo 0, Sahali 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-14, 28-31, 71-63, 91-77

---

Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.

Latest News