NCAA 95: Janao busts out as Staglets blemish Jr. Pirates' spotless slate

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 23, 2019 12:26 PM
NCAA: Janao busts out as Staglets blemish Jr. Pirates' slate
Milo Janao turned in his best game of the tournament as San Sebastian notched back-to-back wins in NCAA 95

STANDINGS
San Beda 3-0
LPU 3-1
Arellano 2-1
San Sebastian 2-1
JRU 3-2
Perpetual 2-2
CSB-LSGH 1-1
Letran 2-3
Mapua 0-3
EAC 0-4

San Sebastian College-Recoletos has gone streaking in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament - and at the same time, sunk erstwhile undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Drawing the best game yet from Milo Janao, the Staglets charged right through the Jr. Pirates, 82-74, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Janao pounded in 24 points and seven rebounds - with 17 of his scoring output coming in the first half which saw Baste set the tone. "Milo Janao, automatic na yan. Every game naman talaga, 100 percent binibigay nyan," a more than satisfied head coach Melo Banua said post-game.

Of course, LPU battled back behind John Barba and Mac Guadana and even pulled just within four, 74-78, with 66 ticks to go.

It was at that point, however, that Janao joined forces with Kim Bulasa and Dylan Darbin as the San Sebastian defense stood strong and allowed no more makes.

In the end, Bulasa had 16 points and five rebounds while Darbin had 12 markers and six boards to help their side score back-to-back wins following a season-opening loss.

And from here, those two rookies are being looked at to do more as the Staglets look to keep climbing the leaderboard. "Yung mga rookie ko, at least, na-expose na sila sa laro ng NCAA kasi nung first games, nangangapa pa e," coach Melo said.

On the other hand, LPU falls out of the top spot for the first time in the tournament.

Barba posted a 25-point, 17-rebound double-double while Guadana also added 17 markers, six boards, and four assists. Neither of them could hit the mark in the last minute, however, to see their team fall to 3-1.

Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University High School bounced back big-time by upending former league-leader University of Perpetual Help, 88-83.

Rookie Gholam Garcia continued to impress with 31 points and eight rebounds as the Light Bombers climbed back out of .500 now at 3-2.

Garcia started strong, scoring all but seven points in his squad's 18-8 rush out of the gates.

Of course, the Jr. Altas battled back, but by the endgame, JRU's super rookie was already flanked by the likes of Condrad Famaranco and Jan Sy as the former finished with 10 points, five assists, and four rebounds and the latter ended with seven markers and 10 boards.

For Perps, Emman Galman returned from a one-game absence with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and seven steals. Without an answer for Garcia all game long, however, they fell for the second straight game after back-to-back wins to start the season.

In the day’s other game, Colegio de San Juan de Letran got a win run going after a wire-to-wire win against Emilio Aguinaldo College, 73-56.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

JRU 88 - Garcia 31, Medina 11, Lenon 11, Famaranco 10, Joson 8, Sy J 7, Gentalan 6, Icban 4, Ganut 0, Fortuna 0, Ramirez 0, Sy W 0

PERPETUAL 83 - Galman 27, Galoy 17, Orgo 13, Kawamura 11, Balazuela 6, Manuel 4, Nunez 2, Cuevas 2, Berwite 1, Dela Cruz 0, Escalante 0, Angeles 0, Gelsano 0, Ignacio 0

QUARTER SCORES: 31-16, 42-32, 61-56, 88-83

SECOND GAME

SAN SEBASTIAN 82 - Janao 24, Bulasa 16, Darbin 12, Aguilar 9, Balo 7, Are 6, Perez 4, Concha 2, Una 1, Lustina 1, Brizo 0, Dailo 0

LPU 74 - Barba 25, Guadana 17, Montano 14, Omandac 11, Garing 5, Gudmalin 2, Garro 0, Ragasa 0, Gamlanga 0, Panganiban 0, Caringal 0, Dumon 0, Santos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 42-35, 61-54, 82-74

THIRD GAME

LETRAN 73 – Ramirez 19, Argente 13, Tibayan 8, Romenez 8, Tolentino 6, Lim 6, Santiago 4, Omega 3, Umali 2, Cabal 2, Miranda 2, Saure 0, Cauguiran 0, Delas Alas 0, Flauta 0

EAC 56 – Balowa 15, Dandoy 12, Ilustrisimo 6, Mejia 6, Sollestre 5, Cabuhat 4, Sanosa 3, Calipco 3, Rodrin 1, Lomogda 1, Baruelo 0, Encila 0, Macaraya 0, Reyes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-10, 42-21, 63-38, 75-56

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