Red Cubs weather Braves' late storm for win no. 1 in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 08, 2019 06:01 PM
Red Cubs weather Braves' late storm for win no. 1 in NCAA 95
Charles Delfino impressed in his debut for San Beda

LPU 1-0
San Beda 1-0
Letran 0-1
Arellano 0-1

San Beda High School overcame the absence of top guns Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot before overcoming very game Arellano High School, 69-67, Monday inside Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Red Cubs were without Amsali, still in Greece with Gilas Pilipinas Youth, as well as Ynot, still on the mend from a knee injury, for their first game in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. "Actually, nung summer pa lang, wala na yung dalawa so naka-adjust na kami. Hopefully, pagbalik ng dalawa, dapat mas maging maganda pa," Manu Inigo, a winner in his head coaching debut, said post-game.

In their place, though, other guys such as rookie guard Charles Delfino and second-year forward Justine Sanchez stepped up with the former finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists and the latter ending with a 10-marker, 10-board double-double.

Still, the Braves kept coming and were within two points inside the last minute.

They even had two chances to tie the tally, but Miguel Sahali could not finish a fastbreak and then could not inbound the ball in the ensuing possession. "Pasalamat kami kay Lord na na-stop namin sila nung dulo kasi bilib ako sa fighting spirit ng kalaban," coach Manu said.

Not long after, San Beda wrapped up a season-opening win sans its main men.

In the end, Cyrus Llarena and Troy Valencia also added 10 markers apiece.

For Arellano, Chris Recto topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along five assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Unable to make good on their two chances in the dying seconds, however, they took their first L in the tournament.


SAN BEDA 69 -- Delfino 11, Sanchez 10, Llarena 10, Valencia 10, Oftana 7, Andrada 5, Pelipel 5, Nicdao 4, Alao 2, Pascual 2, Peregrina 2, Alcantara 1.

ARELLANO 67 -- Recto 17, Salinel 10, Lopez 8, Nepomuceno 8, Villarante 6, Sahali 3, Templonuevo 3, Lime 3, Sablaon 3, Chiya 2, Rellama 2, Tolentino 0, Cuenco 0, Javier 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 35-32, 57-50, 69-67.


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