Escamis-less Red Robins lock up twice-to-beat in NCAA 94

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 16, 2018 06:22 PM
Escamis-less Red Robins lock up twice-to-beat in NCAA 94
Mapua will welcome back main man Clint Escamis as the second-seed (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
LSGH 15-2 (twice-to-beat)
MAPUA 14-4 (twice-to-beat)
SAN BEDA 11-5 (Final Four)
JRU 11-7 (Final Four)
LPU 9-8 (eliminated)
PERPETUAL 8-9 (eliminated)
ARELLANO 6-11 (eliminated)
SAN SEBASTIAN 5-12 (eliminated)
LETRAN 4-13 (eliminated)
EAC 3-14 (eliminated)

Mapua High School has just played four games without main man Clint Escamis in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And yet, they have found a way to go 3-1 – the latest of which clinching the remaining twice-to-beat advantage for the next round.

Doing his best Escamis impression, Dan Arches shot the Red Robins over dangerous Arellano High School, 86-78, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre and ultimately, onto the sure second-seed.

Arches was all over the floor with 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals, allowing his team to yet again overcome the absence of Escamis who is still resting his ailing left knee.

He was flanked by do-it-all forwards Paolo Hernandez and Jonnel Policarpio with the former finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, and the latter ending with 15 markers, 19 boards, and five dimes.

With those three combining for 26 points in just the first half, Mapua cruised to a convincing victory that hikes its record to 14-4 at the end of the elimination round.

They still stand at solo second and will remain as such whatever happens in the last two games of third-running and 11-5 San Beda High School.

On the other hand, the downward spiral continues for the Braves who began the season with three wins in a row only to go 3-11 afterwards. Aaron Fermin posted a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double to front their effort in this one while Rom Junsay chipped in 15 markers of his own.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 86 – Arches 21, Hernandez 15, Policarpio 15, Smith 11, Sarias 11, Mariano 7, Quimado 6, Diaz 0, Dennison 0, Tagal 0, Lazarte 0.

ARELLANO 78 – Fermin 20, Junsay 15, Espiritu 15, Javier 7, Fornis 6, Sunga 6, Templonuevo 5, Tolentino 2, Nepomuceno 2, Recto 0, Sahali 0, Canlones 0, Liangco 0, Domingo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 46-31, 69-60, 86-78.

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