NCAA: Cagulangan sparks late 24-0 charge as LSGH stuns JRU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 16, 2018 06:22 PM
NCAA: Cagulangan sparks late 24-0 charge as LSGH stuns JRU
Joel Cagulangan and top-seeded CSB-LSGH sent a statement to fourth-running JRU (FILE PHOTO)

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)

This young, Joel Cagulangan already has a crunchtime resume that may very well rival the best of the best.

The graduating guard added another line to his ever-growing clutch credentials on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, dropping 17 of his 36 points in the last six minutes in College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills’ rumbling rally that frustrated Jose Rizal University High School, 86-71.

The defending champions found themselves trailing by nine with 6:01 remaining as the Light Bombers, their possible opponents in the looming Final Four, was taking it to them.

Cagulangan, like he has always done, just wouldn’t quit, however, and hit a booming triple that detonated a killer 24-0 blast for what ultimately was an unbelievable come-from-behind win for the Junior Blazers.

In that run, he had four triples and two inside baskets – all of which just took the fight out of their opponents.

This isn’t the first time that the De La Salle University-commit has done such things as last year in their championship run, by his lonesome, he won a total of five games for his team.

In this one, he wound up with 36 points built on seven triples to go along with six assists, six rebounds, and four steals.

Joshua David also contributed 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists in CSB-LSGH’s 15th win in 17 games – a win that assures them of the top-seed in the next round.

As such, it’s a big possibility that they will be matched up opposite the very same JRU side, standing at fourth at present, in the looing Final Four.

Thomas Vasquez paced the 11-7 Light Bombers with 16 points. Hommer Macatangay and Vince Icban also added 10 markers apiece to help make up for off games from John Amores and John Delos Santos who only had seven and four points, respectively.


CSB-LSGH 86 – Cagulangan 36, David 15, Calimag 12, Sangco 7, Mosqueda 5, Cortez 3, Fornilos 2, Lao 2, Lepalam 2, Morales 2, Palencia 0, Arciaga 0, Lopez 0.

JRU 71 – Vasquez 16, Macatangay 10, Icban 10, Dionisio 9, Amores 7, Mangio 7, Mendoza 4, Delos Santos 4, Bucoy 2, Sy 2, Fortuna 0, Baluyot 0, Ganut 0, Garcia 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-23, 36-37, 57-60, 86-71.


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