NCAA: Mapua gets revenge on LSGH, grabs second title in three years

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 15, 2018 04:59 PM
Mapua gets revenge on LSGH, grabs 2nd title in 3 years
Mapua has now dethroned two of the powerhouses in NCAA Juniors

Mapua High School now has the most number of championships in NCAA Juniors Basketball – and its record-setting title could not have come in more dramatic fashion.

Dan Arches finished what Paolo Hernandez started as the Red Robins stood strong in the face of a furious fightback from now-dethroned champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 77-74, on Thursday at the MOA Arena.

Mapua was well on its way to a win, up 69-53 late in the third quarter before being at the wrong end of a 19-5 Junior Blazer rally that tied the tally at 74-all inside the last two minutes. “Credit sa lahat ng players na walang ginawa kundi sumunod sa game plan namin,” a beaming head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game.

It was at that point, however, that Arches scored from a split from the stripe and then an inside basket to put his team back on top, 77-74.

CSB-LSGH had 66 ticks to go to make something happen, but was unable to find the hole the rest of the way.

Up until the last moment, however, the game wasn’t over as the Junior Blazers had the ball with 0.5 on the clock.

The inbound went to Joshua David at the top of the key and he had an open look that had the ball finding the bottom of the net.

Only, he wasn’t able to release the ball before time expired – therefore, preserving the three-point win for the Red Robins.

With that, Mapua claimed its second championship in the last three years and 22nd overall – tying it with San Beda High School as the winningest program in the Juniors.

At the same time, they have gotten back at the same Junior Blazers who dethroned them a season ago.

Hernandez was the firestarter for it all with a career-best 33 points on top of 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two steals. Arches then brought the finishing kick with 22 markers, including all six of his team’s points in the final frame, to go along with five boards.

“Thank you nagkaroon ako ng ganitong klaseng mga players. Sila talaga ‘to e,” coach Randy said.

For CSB-LSGH, Inand Fornilos topped the scoring column with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Cagulangan, though, was silent for his standards with just 10 markers, six boards, and four assists after incurring an apparent right ankle injury early in the game.

BOX SCORES

MAPUA 77 – Hernandez 33, Arches 22, Sarias 5, Smith 5. Quimado 4, Policarpio 4, Mariano 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 0, Diaz 0.

CSB-LSGH 74 – Fornilos 18, David 13, Cagulangan 10, Palencia 8, Natividad 7, Calimag 6, Sangco 4, Lao 3, Mosqueda 3, Valenzuela 2, Lepalam 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 42-34, 71-56, 77-74.

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