Valenzuela the hero as Greenies hand Red Cubs their first loss in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 02, 2019 12:00 PM
Valenzuela the hero, Greenies hand Red Cubs their first loss
It was defensive specialist Lennox Valenzuela who won the game for CSB-LSGH against San Beda

STANDINGS
CSB-LSGH 4-1
San Beda 4-1
Arellano 4-1
JRU 4-3
LPU 3-2
Perpetual 3-3
San Sebastian 2-3
Letran 2-4
Mapua 1-4
EAC 1-5

Lennox Valenzuela's floater over the outstretched arms of two defenders proved to be the difference for College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills in their thrilling 99-98 overtime triumph over San Beda High School in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Jr. Blazers were chasing down a one-point deficit with 6.6 ticks to go on the clock of the extra period and, with top gun RC Calimag covered, Valenzuela took matters into his own hands - driving from behind the arc to the free throw line before rising for a one-hander that went over the heads of Red Cubs Hans Nicdao and Charles Delfino.

Not long after, the ball bounced around the ring and then fell into the net, capping off the defensive-minded guard's 23-point, five-rebound, three-steal, two-assist performance.

San Beda still had 2.2 seconds to make something happen, but Delfino's halfcourt heave was too strong.

That game-winner scored for CSB-LSGH its third win in a row and fourth overall in five games in the season.

Along with that, that game-winner also eventually ended as the first blemish on the once spotless slate of the Red Cubs

Valenzuela would not have had the chance for that floater, though, if not for the efforts of Calimag who dropped 15 of his 30 points in the final frame which witnessed the Jr. Blazers' furious fightback.

Rookies Jiam Quiambao and Jan Manansala were also key as the former finished with 12 points and four rebounds while the latter ended with 10 markers, nine boards, and three blocks.

The green and white have now rolled to the front of the pack - with back-to-back wins against defending champion Mapua High School and then erstwhile league-leader San Beda

The Red Cubs retained a share of first, also with a 4-1 standing, even after main man Rhayyan Amsali was limited to just six points in 2-of-10 shooting to go along with six assists and four rebounds as well as seven turnovers. In his stead, Yukien Andrada showed the way with a 21-marker, 10-board double-double.

Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help arrested its three-game slump via a 67-62 victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Emman Galman top-scored with 23 points, but it was Shawn Orgo who came up clutch in the endgame, scoring five of his 12 points in the last two minutes to shoot the Jr. Altas back into the win column now at 3-3.

On the other hand, the Staglets suffered their second straight setback and third overall in five games even after Milo Janao's 20 points and Kim Bulasa's 19 markers.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 99 - Calimag 30, Valenzuela 23, Quiambao 12, Manansala 10, Palencia 9, Arciaga 4, Estil 4, Dimaunahan 3, Macalalag 2, Arguelles 1, Torrijos 1

SAN BEDA 98 - Andrada 21, Pelipel 19, Sanchez 17, Delfino 9, Llarena 9, Amsali 6, Oftana 5, Valencia 5, Pascual 3, Alao 2, Nicdao 2, Perigrina 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 45-45, 61-67, 86-86, 99-98 (OT)

SECOND GAME

PERPETUAL 67 - Galman 23, Orgo 12, Cuevas 9, Gelsano 6, Angeles 6, Kawamura 4, Dela Cruz 3, Escalante 2, Manuel 2, Banaticla 0, Nunez 0, Berwite 0, Balazuela 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 62 - Janao 20, Bulasa 19, Darbin 14, Agular 3, Balo 2, Perez 2, Are 2, Concha 0, Lustina 0, Barroga 0, Brizo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 10-23, 24-35, 46-46, 67-62

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