NCAA: LSGH wraps up best elims finish in school history

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 23, 2018 07:56 PM
NCAA: LSGH wraps up best elims finish in school history
CSB-LSGH has never had a twice-to-beat advantage and has never been top-seed - until now (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
LSGH 16-2 (twice-to-beat)
MAPUA 14-4 (twice-to-beat)
SAN BEDA 12-6 (Final Four)
JRU 11-7 (Final Four)
LPU 9-9 (eliminated)
PERPETUAL 9-9 (eliminated)
ARELLANO 7-11 (eliminated)
SAN SEBASTIAN 5-13 (eliminated)
LETRAN 4-14 (eliminated)
EAC 3-15 (eliminated)

For the first time in school history, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills will be entering the Final Four of the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament with a twice-to-beat advantage.

More than that, also for the first time in school history, they will be moving on to the next round as the top-seed.

The Junior Blazers remained red-hot at the end of the eliminations after burning down Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 65-62, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Already assured of the top-seed, the defending champions elected to rest key cogs Joel Cagulangan, Joshua David, and Inand Fornilos.

In Cagulangan’s stead, it was Jacob Cortez who brought the heroics as his late triple proved to be the difference.

With that, CSB-LSGH put the finishing touches on a dominant 16-2 elims campaign – bar none, the most elims wins it has had in school history.

Only one team has defeated the Junior Blazers thus far in the tournament, that being second-seed Mapua High School.

The next possible matchup between the two teams would be in the Finals.

Meanwhile, upstart University of Perpetual Help completed a season sweep of traditional powerhouse San Beda High School, 71-67.

Super scorer Emman Galman did his thing with 26 points to shoot the Junior Altas to a 9-9 standing. Shawn Orgo also added 10 markers and eight rebounds to help his team go 2-0 on the traditional powerhouse

The Red Cubs, already locked into the third-seed, were paced by Penny Estacio with 14 points. They end the elims at 12-6 and now turn their attention to their modern-day rival Red Robins.

In the day’s other game, Arellano High School rallied by San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 75-73.

Graduating big man Aaron Fermin remained a force with a 15-point, 21-rebound double-double while fellow seniors Lars Sunga and Rom Junsay contributed 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Coming from as much as 13 points behind, they wrap up what was a disappointing season at 7-11.

Their losses dropped the Staglets to 5-13 and the Squires to 4-14.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ARELLANO 75 – Fermin 15, Recto 13, Sunga 12, Junsay 11, Fornis 9, Espiritu 5, Nepomuceno 3, Javier 3, Tolentino 2, Templonuevo 2, Liangco 0, Sahali 0, Cabili 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 73 – Janao 14, Gomez 14, Balo 11, Pinero 9, Dela Cruz 7, Loristo 6, Perez 4, Are 2, Cruz 2, Timbancaya 2, Cortes 2, Suico 0, Solatorio 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 12-18, 30-38, 52-57, 75-73.

SECOND GAME

PERPETUAL 71 – Galman 26, Ogunsanya 12, Orgo 10, Kawamura 9, Romilla 8, Galoy 4, Duka 1, Nunez 1, Barcuma 0, Defante 0.

SAN BEDA 67 – Estacio 14, Ynot 10, Oliva 7, Alcantara 7, Lazaro 5, Andrada 5, Talampas 4, Sanchez 4, Coyoca 4, Pelipel 3, Calibo 2, Valencia 2, Llarena 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-13, 36-31, 52-59, 71-67.

THIRD GAME

CSB-LSGH 65 — Morales 12, Cortez 8, Natividad 8, Valenzuela 7, Lepalam 6, Lao 5, Sangco 5, Calimag 5, Mosqueda 4, Palencia 3, Arciaga 2, Lopez 0

LETRAN 62 — Romenez 10, Argente 10, Saure 10, Umali 7, Guarino 5, Santiago 5, Lontok 4, Culanay 3, Omega 3, Tabajen 2, Tolentino 2, Caugiran 1, Cabal 0, Yanes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 11-12, 28-27, 42-51, 65-62

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