Jr. Altas show they're for real in takedown of NCAA 95 defending champ Red Robins

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 09, 2019 12:19 PM
Jr. Altas show they're for real in takedown of Red Robins
Emman Galman and the rest of Perpetual sent a statement that they will be a force to reckon with (FILE PHOTO)

STANDINGS
Perpetual 1-0
LPU 1-0
CSB-LSGH 1-0
JRU 1-0
San Beda 1-0
Arellano 0-1
San Sebastian 0-1
EAC 0-1
Letran 0-1
Mapua 0-1

University of Perpetual Help built on its powerful preseason with a 76-62 statement triumph over NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament defending champion Mapua High School, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Jr. Altas counted three players in double-digits led by two-way wing Ezdel Galoy who had 16 points on top of seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. "May opening jitters pa, siyempre, pero nung nakuha na namin momentum, tuloy-tuloy na," head coach Myk Saguiguit said post-game.

High-leaping forward Kyle Cuevas also posted a 11-point, 10-rebound double-double while Shawn Orgo chipped in 10 markers of his own.

It was Emman Galman and Yuki Kawamura, however, who connived for the 13-5 run early in the final frame that bloated Perps' lead from single-digits to as much as 16, 62-46.

The defending champions could not come any closer the rest of the way.

It didn’t hurt as well for Perpetual that Jonnel Policarpio, the Red Robins new main man, was out due to personal reasons.

They did nothing but take advantage of that fact, outrebounding their opponents, 62-44, and dominating second chance points, 20-11.

In the end, Galman had nine points and seven rebounds while Kawamura also had nine markers to his name.

And in the end, the 14-point rout was just the strong start to the season the Jr. Altas had their sights set on.

This, after they registered a semifinals finish in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament - the best in school history. "Morale-boosting yung sa Filoil kasi we beat both NCAA and UAAP teams. Naniwala sila sa sarili nilang kaya nilang mag-compete," coach Myk said.

For Mapua, Rommel Mercado topped the scoring column with 13 points while Hector Buenaflor also added 12 markers and 12 rebounds. Still stinging from the graduation of Dan Arches, Clint Escamis, Paolo Hernandez and sorely missing Policarpio, however, they stumbled out of the gates in their title defense.

Also off to a strong start is College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills which rode the hot hands of Jiam Quiambao to get past pesky Emilio Aguinaldo College, 72-68.

Quiambao, a recruit from Pampanga who first opened eyes in the 2019 National Basketball Training Center League Nationals, wasted no time in making a name for himself with 19 points on top of four rebounds in just 23 minutes of play in his debut.

The sharpshooter also had all but three of the Junior Blazers eight total triples, his last one proving to be the go-ahead basket in the Junior Blazers' season-opening win as well as the backbreaker for the Brigadiers.

JR Ilustrisimo topped the scoring column for EAC with 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.

In the day's other game, Jose Rizal University High School took flight by jumping on San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 72-68.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 72 - Quiambao 19, Calimag 13, Palencia 11, Arguelles 9, Manansala 5, Valenzuela 5, Rivera 5, Dimaunahan 3, Macalalag 2, Panlilio 0, Torrijos 0, Gagate 0, Estil 0

EAC 68 - Ilustrisimo 15, Cabuhat 12, Balowa 10, Rodrin 8, Encila 6, Mejia 5, Sanosa 5, Sollestre 3, Dandoy 2, Lomogda 2, Calipco 0, Macaraya 0, Reyes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-15, 35-36, 60-51, 72-68

SECOND GAME

PERPETUAL 76 - Galoy 16, Cuevas 11, Orgo 10, Galman 9, Kawamura 9, Escalante 7, Nunez 4, Berwite 4, Dela Cruz 2, Belazuela 2, Ignacio 1, Baniticla 1, Gelsano 0, Manuel 0, Angeles 0

MAPUA 62 - Mercado 13, Buenaflor 12, Parinas 11, Lugo 10, Jugo 5, Galang 5, Echavia 2, Castor 2, Tadeo 2, So 0, Parial 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-7, 24-19, 49-39, 76-62

THIRD GAME

JRU 72 -- Garcia 17, Famaranco 16, Medina 12, Joson 9, Icban 8, Fortuna 6, Pallares 2, Gentalan 2, Ganut 0, Ramirez 0, J. Sy 0, W. Sy 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 68 -- Janao 18, Balo 11, Bulasa 10, Concha 8, Aguilar 7, Una 4, Perez 4, Lustina 3, Are 2, Darbin 1, Brizo 0, Gomez 0, Dailo 0, Besa 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-12, 32-23, 57-45 72-68.

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