Red Cubs set-up semis showdown with Red Robins in NCAA 94

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 18, 2018 04:57 PM
Red Cubs set-up semis showdown with Red Robins in NCAA 94
It will be San Beda versus Mapua again in the playoffs of the NCAA 94 (FILE PHOTO)

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

For the first time in a long while, San Beda High School will not have a twice-to-beat advantage now in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Weathering a storm brought about by Lyceum of the Philippines University late, the Red Cubs dug deep and stood strong for an 83-76 decision on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Jade Talampas posted a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double while Kai Oliva fired 14 markers of his own as the traditional powerhouse based in Taytay, Rizal overcame losing a lead of as much as 17.

Winderlich Coyoca and Penny Estacio also had a hand in that as they conspired with Oliva to convert five of eight charities in the last two minutes that kept the Junior Pirates at bay for good.

San Beda also had much welcome contributions from Troy Valencia and Winston Ynot who combined for 25 points and 14 rebounds.

A young team, they needed to prove they had poise when it mattered most. “I’m happy with where we are kahit yung maturity, late na in the season. Hopefully, our momentum will carry to the Final Four,” head coach JB Sison said post-game.

Indeed, they did just that in this one and in doing so, have secured the third-seed in the upcoming Final Four.

There, the Red Cubs will be matched up against modern-day rival Mapua High School.

Even though, for a change, they will not have a twice-to-beat advantage, coach JB is upbeat about their chances. “’Di tulad ng Mapua na last Tuesday pa yung last game, kami, may isa pa to keep sharp,” coach JB said, referring to their last elimination round assignment against University of Perpetual Help on Tuesday.

For LPU, John Barba topped the scoring column with 17 points on top of nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Stalwart Mac Guadana also added 13 markers, three boards, and three dimes as they finished their campaign with an even 9-9 record.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 83 -- Oliva 14, Talampas 14, Valencia 14, Ynot 11, Coyoca 8, Estacio 7, Sanchez 6, Alcantara 4, Pelipel 3, Llarena 2, Lazaro 0, Andrada 0, Competente 0, Calibo 0.

LYCEUM 76 -- Barba 17, Guadana 13, Omandac 13, Jugar 10, De Leon 8, Tulabut 7, De Guia 3, Gudmalin 3, Dejelo 2, Caringal 0, Nocal 0, Cambi 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-9, 44-31, 62-50, 83-76.

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