Red Cubs survive Jr. Pirates to stay as top team in NCAA 95

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 20, 2019 09:12 PM
Red Cubs survive Jr. Pirates to stay as top team in NCAA 95
San Beda had all the answers for very game LPU in a duel between two of the top teams in NCAA 95 (Photo by Josh Albelda)

STANDINGS
San Beda 7-1
Arellano 5-2
LPU 5-3
CSB-LSGH 5-3
JRU 4-4
Letran 4-5
Perpetual 4-5
Mapua 3-5
San Sebastian 2-5
EAC 1-7

San Beda High School had to go deep into its bag of tricks to be able to put away very game Lyceum of the Philippines University, 99-97, in overtime, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Little-known Dom Cabanero's midrange jumper with under 40 ticks to go proved to be the difference between the two teams fighting over the top spot in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. "Talagang fighter talaga yang batang yan. Buti, matapang talaga yung bata," a beaming head coach Manu Inigo said post-game.

Cabanero would not have had that chance, however, if not for Tony Ynot and Justine Sanchez who connived in the last three minutes of the extra period to overturn a three-point deficit and tie the tally at 97-all.

There was still time for the Jr. Pirates to make something happen, but both Mac Guadana and John Barba were well-defended and muffed on their inside baskets.

In the end, Cabanero had eight points to his name while Sanchez and Yukien Andrada both posted 19 markers and nine rebounds.

Rhayyan Amsali also just missed out on a triple-double with 18 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Showing character when it mattered most, the Red Cubs retained solo first in the standings now at 7-1. "Yung LPU, gusto rin talaga manalo kasi pagtinalo nila kami, no. 1 sila so sinabi talaga namin sa players, dapat ready kami. Alam ko nga, talo na, pero buti na lang, binigay pa rin sa amin," coach Manu said.

The pleasant surprise of heroics from Cabanero spoiled a big-time 31-point outing by Guadana to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Barba and Jae Omandac posted their own double-doubles with the former finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds and the latter ending with 21 markers and 10 boards.

All of those still weren't enough, however, as LPU sank to 5-3.

Meanwhile, both Colegio de San Juan de Letran and University of Perpetual Help got their campaigns back on track with victories versus separate foes.

First, the Squires overwhelmed San Sebastian College-Recoletos with their balanced attack for a 72-64 decision.

Lenard Santiago and Joshua Ramirez were the only ones in double-digit scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but Shawn Umali, Andrei Romenez, CJ Saure, and Stacey Tibayan each also added seven markers for the blue and red which has now won four of its last six following a 0-3 start to the season.

Also standing at 4-5 are the Jr. Altas who braved through a late rally by Emilio Aguinaldo College for a well-earned 71-70 win.

Perps was in control for majority of the matchup until the Brigadiers battled back to even notch a one-point lead inside the final minute. Emman Galman, however, would take matters into his own hands and hit a floater over the outstretched arms of two defenders for what proved to be the game-winner.

That was the biggest make of his total of 16 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists while rookie John Escalante chippined in a career-best 21 markers.

With their respective losses, the Staglets fell to 2-6 and the Brigadiers fell to 1-7

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

LETRAN 72 - Santiago 14, Ramirez 13, Argente 11, Umali 7, Romenez 7, Saure 7, Tibayan 7, Tolentino 2, Cauguiran 2, Flauta 1, Omega 1, Lim 0, Cabal 0, Miranda 0, Delas Alas 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 64 - Janao 14, Darbin 14, Are 10, Concha 8, Perez 6, Una 4, Balo 4, Dailo 3, Gomez 1, Bulasa 0, Lustina 0, Brizo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-15, 38-29, 54-44, 72-64

SECOND GAME

PERPETUAL 71 - Escalante 21, Galman 16, Kawamura 10, Orgo 8, Cuevas 7, Gelsano 6, Angeles 2, Nunez 1, Dela Cruz 0, Balazuela 0

EAC 70 - Balowa 22, Ilustrisimo 17, Cabuhat 11, Dandoy 8, Sanosa 6, Calipco 4, Macaraya 2, Sollestre 0, Rodrin 0, Mejia 0, Baruelo 0, Reyes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-7, 34-25, 53-48, 71-70

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 99 - Sanchez 19, Andrada 19, Amsali 18, Ynot 16, Cabanero 8, Pascual 6, Llarena 3, Delfino 3, Oftana 3, Nicdao 2, Pelipel 2, Valencia 0, Alao 0, Alcantara 0, Peregrina 0.

LPU 97 - Guadana 31, Barba 22, Omandac 21, Montano 10, Panganiban 6, Garro 3, Garing 2, Gamlanga 1, Ragasa 1, Dejelo 0, Santos 0, Dumon 0, Caringal 0, Caduyac 0, Gudmalin 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-12, 47-36, 67-56, 87-87, 99-97.

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