Red Robins go streaking in NCAA 95 even as San Beda retains top spot

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2019 01:08 PM
Red Robins go streaking even as San Beda retains top spot
Jonnel Policarpio and Mapua are coming alive - and it's better late than never for the defending champions (Photo by Josh Albelda)

San Beda 6-1
Arellano 5-2
LPU 4-2
JRU 4-4
Perpetual 3-5
Mapua 3-5
Letran 3-5
San Sebastian 2-4
EAC 1-6

Mapua High School has finally scored back-to-back wins in its title defense in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Red Robins had to work for it, though, fighting back from as much as 14 down to frustrate Jose Rizal University High School, 72-65, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were trailing for majority of the matchup and were still behind by 12, 38-50, until Megan Galang and Jonnel Policarpio came alive.

Rookie guard Galang scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth while versatile forward Policarpio dropped five of his 15 markers in the same timeframe.

In all, Mapua outscored its opponent, 24-12, in the quarter to force an extra period.

There, Galang and Policarpio only kept doing damage and, alongside Neil Castor, dominated all of the Light Bombers, 9-3, to complete the comeback.

In the end, Galang also hauled in nine rebounds while Policarpio chased down 14 boards and two blocks as well.

Dan Parinas then posted his own 12-point, 12-rebound double-double to help the Red Robins register their third win in the last four games following four losses in a row to start the season.

Conversely, the Light Bombers dropped back-to-back games and dropped to 4-4. Celsus Fortuna was the lone double-digit scorer for them with 11 points.

Meanwhile, San Beda High School padded its lead atop the standings via a convincing 95-76 victory versus University of Perpetual Help.

Yukien Andrada pounded in 19 points to pave the path while Rhayyan Amsali came back with a vengeance after a one-game suspension with 16 markers, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.

With the wire-to-wire win, the Red Cubs improved to 6-1.

For the Jr. Altas, Yuki Kawamura was the lone bright spot with 21 points. Missing the services of scoring guard Emman Galman, however, they absorbed their fifth loss in the last six games after a 2-0 beginning.



SAN BEDA 95 - Andrada 19, Amsali 16, Nicdao 15, Sanchez 12, Cabanero 12, Ynot 9, Llarena 6, Delfino 4, Oftana 2, Pascual 0, Peregrina 0

PERPETUAL 76 - Kawamura 21, Cuevas 18, Gelsano 8, Escalante 8, Nunez 7, Angeles 7, Orgo 4, Banaticla 2, Ignacio 1, Dela Cruz 0, Balazuela 0

QUARTER SCORES: 28-11, 53-27, 73-50, 95-76


MAPUA 72 - Galang 20, Policarpio 15, Parinas 12, Castor 10, Jugo 3, Fransman 3, Mercado 3, Lugo 2, Echavia 2, Tadeo 2, Ejercito 0, So 0

JRU 65 - Fortuna 11, Icban 9, Garcia 9, Gentalan 9, Sy B 8, Medina 7, Joson 6, Ganut 3, Ramirez 3, Famaranco 0, Lenon 0, Pallares 0

QUARTER SCORES: 9-17, 26-36, 38-50, 62-62, 72-65 (OT)


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