Talampas peaks at right time as Red Cubs stay alive in NCAA 94

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 26, 2018 10:08 AM
Talampas peaks at right time, Red Cubs stay alive in NCAA 94
Of course, San Beda versus Mapua wasn't going to end that quickly (FILE PHOTO)

Jade Talampas wasn’t going to let Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre be his last game for San Beda High School.

The graduating forward took control right from tip-off and put the Red Cubs on his back as they got the jump on twice-to-beat Mapua High School, 84-71, in the Final Four of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

From the onset, Talampas was a man on a mission, pounding in eight points in San Beda’s 15-2 start. “We lost last game and he had a horrible game. Kinausap ko siya na kailangang bumawi ka kasi kung wala ka, out tayo,” head coach JB Sison said.

Another basket and bonus from the 6-foot-3 workhorse then mounted what would prove to be the biggest lead at 22-8 late in the opening salvo. “Buti he stepped up big-time,” coach JB said.

Of course, the Red Robins would battle back and Dan Arches rallied their troops into tying the tally at 33-all.

However, Talampas again had the answer for the Red Cubs and his triple sparked an 11-0 charge that put his team back on top, 44-33, late in the second quarter.

Mapua would never threaten from that point at Arches was shut down and Clint Escamis, returning from a three-game absence, seemed out of sorts.

In the end, Talampas had a 26-point, 10-rebound double-double and was backstopped by Penny Estacio who had 18 markers of his own to go along with five assists and two rebounds.

San Beda, with nine first-year players and just Talampas and Kai Oliva as veteran key cogs, will now head into the do-or-die on Monday as confident as it has ever been. “Good thing we got the win today, we’re still alive. Kung magagawa namin ulit ‘to sa Mondaya, it’s a good accomplishment for us,” coach JB said, referring to their matchup still at the same venue.

On the other hand, the Red Robins have been left looking for answers after seeing their twice-to-beat advantage go to waste. Arches topped the scoring column for them with 19 points on top of nine rebounds and seven assists while Jonnel Policarpio came on late for a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 84 – Talampas 26, Estacio 18, Ynot 13, Oliva 10, Sanchez 7, Lazaro 5, Llarena 2, Coyoca 2, Alcantara 1, Andrada 0, Pelipel 0, Valencia 0, Competente 0

MAPUA 71 – Arches 19, Policarpio 15, Escamis 7, Sarias 6, Quimado 6, Smith 5, Mariano 5, Diaz 4, Hernandez 3, Tagal 1, Dennison 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-15, 44-34, 71-50, 84-71

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