Red Cubs claw their way into NCAA 94 Final Four

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 11, 2018 01:58 PM
Red Cubs claw their way into NCAA 94 Final Four
San Beda will not be satisfied with just a playoff berth (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
LSGH 14-2 (twice-to-beat)
MAPUA 12-4 (Final Four)
SAN BEDA 11-5 (Final Four)
JRU 10-6
LPU 9-8
PERPETUAL 7-9 (eliminated)
ARELLANO 6-10 (eliminated)
SAN SEBASTIAN 5-11 (eliminated)
LETRAN 4-12 (eliminated)
EAC 3-14 (eliminated)

There was no more denying, or even delaying, San Beda High School’s entry into the Final Four of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Red Cubs barged their way back into the playoffs after stamping their class all over disappointing Arellano High School, 83-71, on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Penny Estacio and Winston Ynot each had 15 points to front San Beda’s balanced offensive. “I keep seeing them in practice every day and against each other, they’re really competing para umangat yung level namin,” a beaming head coach JB Sison said post-game.

Justine Sanchez also held his own up against Aaron Fermin, the league’s top big man, with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks.

In complete command right from tip-off, the Red Cubs roared all the way to their 11th win in 16 games that assures them of a place in the next round. “Yun yung goal namin kanina pa. Masaya kaming nakuha namin,” their mentor said.

The win not only claimed a playoff berth for them, but also closed them to second-running 12-4 Mapua High School for the remaining twice-to-beat advantage. As coach JB put it, “Achievement na nga ‘to e so ‘di na rin magiging masama kung susubukan pa naming mag-twice-to-beat.”

Fermin paced the Braves with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks while Rom Junsay chipped in 20 markers of his own. Already eliminated, this latest lost drags down their record to 6-10.

With Fermin, Junsay, Marlon Espiritu, and Lars Sunga, they were one of the favorites in the preseason. For the second straight year, though, they disappointed.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 83 – Estacio 15, Ynot 15, Sanchez 10, Llarena 7, Coyoca 7, Andrada 6, Pelipel 5, Lazaro 5, Talampas 5, Oliva 2, Alcantara 2, Valencia 2, Peregrina 2, Calibo 0, Competente 0

ARELLANO 71 – Fermin 21, Junsay 20, Sunga 7, Espiritu 7, Liangco 3, Cabili 2, Templonuevo 2, Domingo 2, Javier 2, Recto 2, Fornis 1, Sahali 1, Caniones 1, Tolentino 0, Templonuevo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-10, 33-24, 60-44, 83-71

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