Light Bombers complete cast for Final Four in NCAA 94

Light Bombers complete cast for Final Four in NCAA 94
JRU will be playing in the Final Four four the first time since 2014 (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
LSGH 14-2 (twice-to-beat)
MAPUA 13-4 (Final Four)
SAN BEDA 11-5 (Final Four)
JRU 11-6 (Final Four)
LPU 9-8 (eliminated)
PERPETUAL 8-9 (eliminated)
ARELLANO 6-10 (eliminated)
SAN SEBASTIAN 5-12 (eliminated)
LETRAN 4-13 (eliminated)
EAC 3-14 (eliminated)

Jose Rizal University High School’s best campaign in years will continue after the elimination round, at the very least, of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Marwin Dionisio and John Amores made sure no more complications arose in the Light Bombers’ playoff push as they made quick work of lowly Emilio Aginaldo College, 85-65, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Amores continued his unstoppable march towards the Most Improved Player award with 12 points, six assists, and three steals in this one. Marwin Dionisio also turned in his best game thus far with a 22-point, 18-rebound double-double in their 11th win in 17 games.

Reserve big man Ronald Bucoy had his own 15 points and 11 rebounds to help JRU make good on the first of its two tries at its first playoff berth since 2014.

Then, Season MVP Darius Estrella showed the way for a squad that put up a good fight before ultimately bowing in the first game of the semifinals.

The Light Bombers seem to have the same sort of recipe for success this time around – with end-of-the-year awardee Amores fronting the charge and the likes of Dionisio, Bucoy, and John Delos Santos flanking him.

They could even get the third-seed if they win in their last assignment and San Beda loses in its last two.

JRU’s last assignment is up against defending champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills while the Red Cubs last two games are up against Lyceum of the Philippines University and University of Perpetual Help.

Meanwhile, Mapua High School got back on track still without main man Clint Escamis after pecking San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 69-61.

Dan Arches showed the way with 17 points, five assists, three steals, and two rebounds as Escamis continues to rest his ailing left knee.

Jonnel Policarpio also posted a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double as the now 13-4 Red Robins moved one win – or one San Beda loss – away from a twice-to-beat advantage for the next round.

In the day’s other game, University of Perpetual Help triumphed over Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 74-69, behind Ezdel Galoy’s 21-point, 10-rebound double-double. They improve to 8-9 in the season.

Their respective losses dropped the Staglets to 5-12, the Squires to 4-13, and the Brigadiers to 3-15.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

PERPETUAL 74 – Galoy 21, Galman 17, Defante 16, Ogunsanya 11, Nunez 3, Orgo 2, Barcuma 2, Duka 2, Kawamura 0

LETRAN 69 – Argente 12, Umali 9, Tolentino 9, Saure 8, Guarino 8, Tibayan 5, Romenez 4, Omega 4, Yanes 4, Tabajen 3, Caugiran 3, Santiago 0, Culanay 0, Lontok 0, Cabal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 9-19, 25-38, 48-56, 74-69

SECOND GAME

MAPUA 69 – Arches 17, Policarpio 13, Sarias 12, Mariano 9, Smith 7, Hernandez 5, Tagal 3, Diaz 3, Quimado 0, Lazarte 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 61 – Are 11, Janao 9, Dela Cruz 9, Balo 9, Cortez 6, Loristo 5, Gomez 5, Pinero 2, Suico 2, Austria 2, Perez 1, Cruz 0, Timbancaya 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-21, 35-34, 51-50, 69-61

THIRD GAME

JRU 85 – Dionisio 22, Bucoy 15, Amores 12, Icban 11, Delos Santos 6, Vasquez 5, Ganut 4, Portales 4, Baluyot 2, Fortuna 2, Garcia 0, Sy 0, Mangio 0.

EAC 65 – Boado 15, Ilustrimo 11, Quebral 8, Rodrin 8, Sumagaysay 7, Mejia 5, Pascual 5, Lozano 3, Murillo 3, Balowa 0, Calara 0, Encila 0, Rivera 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 47-33, 66-48, 85-65

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