LSGH's NCAA 94 title defense continues after shooting down JRU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 29, 2018 10:06 AM
LSGH's title defense continues after shooting down JRU
Inand Fornilos, alongside Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David, has carried CSB-LSGH to a second straight Finals (FILE PHOTO)

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills will reign a little longer in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Junior Blazers will be making a second straight trip to the Finals after having their way against the upstart Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 97-71, on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

As usual, the three-headed monster of Joel Cagulangan, Joshua David, and Inand Fornilos showed the way for the defending champions who will now await the winner between Mapua High School and San Beda High School. “More than the stat sheet, it was the intangibles they brought – the leadership, the camaraderie,” a more than satisfied head coach Marvin Bienvenida said post-game.

The Light Bombers forced a do-or-die matchup after dropping an upset ax on the heads of CSB-LSGH three days ago. “We learned our lesson from when we lost last game. We didn’t want that to happen again,” coach Marvin said.

Cagulangan and David made sure there was no such thing in this one as they merged for 17 points in their team’s 27-point opening salvo.

They only kept it up in the second quarter as their lead ballooned to double-digits.

JRU would never threaten the rest of the way

Cagulangan wound up with 19 points, 12 assists, six assists, and two steals while David had 11 markers, five boards, and two dimes of his own. Fornilos was also a force with a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double.

The Junior Blazers will now have more than a week to prepare for the Finals where they try to go back-to-back for the very first time in school history.

For JRU, the dream season comes to a close despite the best efforts of Marwin Dionisio who scored 22 points. Main man John Amores also contributed 17 markers, 10 rebounds, and three assists in his last game in the high school ranks.

Despite the loss, though, this will still mark their longest campaign in a decade.

BOX SCORES

CSB-LSGH 97 – Fornilos 22, Cagulangan 19, Calimag 12, David 11, Valenzuela 11, Sangco 8, Lao 5, Lepalam 4, Mosqueda 3, Morales 2, Arciaga 0, Natividad 0, Palencia 0, Cortez 0, Lopez 0

JRU 71 – Dionisio 22, Amores 17, Vasquez 16, Baluyut 7, Delos Santos 4, Portales 3, Bucoy 2, Icban 0, Macatangay 0, Fortuna 0, Ganut 0, Sy 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-21, 51-38, 75-53, 97-71

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