NCAA Season 95: LSGH pounds on already grounded defending champ Mapua
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2019 03:45 PM
CSB-LSGH came out on top of Mapua in the rematch of last year's Finals
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Not only has College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills exacted revenge, it also piled onto the woes of Mapua High School in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament courtesy of a hardfought 95-90 decision, Thursday inside the latter's home gym in Intramuros, Manila.
RC Calimag turned in his best game of the season with 26 points and eight rebounds all while leading the Junior Blazers to a bounce back win. "Sinimplify lang namin ngayon compared to last game. We have to focus on ourselves first," first-year head coach Karl Santos said after they improved to 2-1.
Still, it didn't come easy as Anthony Fransman kept the Red Robins threatening at 90-93 with 12.8 ticks to go.
Calimag was then sent to the line where he made good on the first before muffing on the second.
Jan Manansala was in the right place and in the right time, though, and hauled in the offensive rebound - his 10th of the game.
The ball ultimately found its way to Kobe Palencia whose split from the stripe sealed the deal.
Rookie forward Manansala wound up with a 17-point, 18-rebound double-double while Palencia also added 12 markers. That total team effort was more than enough for last year's runners-up to get back at the defending champions. "This is very big for us. Mapua right now is winless, but this is the first time they played complete," coach Karl said.
He then continued, "Magandang confidence booster for us na nanalo kami sa kanila."
The Red Robins remained winless in four games even after welcoming with open arms Jonnel Policarpio who himself made an immediate impact.
The long-limbed forward, back from dealing with personal problems, posted a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double before fouling out midway through the final frame. Fransman had 16 markers and 15 boards of his own.
CSB-LSGH 95 - Calimag 26, Manansala 17, Arguelles 15, Palencia 12, Macalalag 7, Quiambao 6, Valenzuela 6, Dimaunahan 2, Arciaga 2, Torrijos 1, Rivera 1, Gagate 0.
MAPUA 90 - Galang 23, Policarpio 20, Fransman 16, Parinas 9, Echavia 8, Buenaflor 5, Lugo 4, Mercado 3, Castor 2, Jugo 0, Tadeo 0, Ejercito 0, So 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-25, 48-45, 71-67, 95-90.
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