Jr. Pirates scare off Braves to seize solo second in NCAA 95
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 23, 2019 08:16 PM
LPU bounced back big-time at the expense of Arellano
San Beda 7-1
San Sebastian 2-5
John Barba and Mac Guadana were not letting Lyceum of the Philippines University get denied a shot at school history in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament and propelled the Jr. Pirates right through Arellano High School, 81-64, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Guadana remained a force with 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Barba remained on the rise with 19 markers, five boards, and two dimes.
Those two remained the fuel for the Jr. Pirates' drive back into the win column now at 6-3.
More importantly, those two allowed the Cavite-based squad to register its best first round finish in school history. "Masaya kami kasi first time lang sa history ng Lyceum na second kami sa dulo ng first round," a more than satisfied head coach JC Docto said post-game.
Impact rookie Gyle Montano and returning forward Matthew Ragasa also provided a big boost off the bench with the former finishing with 12 points and four rebounds and the latter ending with 10 markers and seven boards.
Thanks to that total team effort, LPU wasted no time in moving forward following a close loss to traditional powerhouse San Beda High School last Tuesday.
Still, coach JC and his wards know full well they haven't won anything yet. As he put it, "Swak pa rin naman sa goal namin. Ang goal namin, top 1 o top 2 kasi mga nakaraang season, goal namin top 4 tas lagi kaming nabitin."
He then continued, "So kailangan pa namin mag-work hard lalo."
For the Braves, Adrian Rellama fronted the effort with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Chris Recto also added 11 markers and six boards.
LPU 81 - Barba 19, Guadana 16, Montano 12, Ragasa 10, Garing 8, Omandac 7, Caduyac 3, Garro 3, Panganiban 3, Dumon 0, Gamlanga 0, Caringal 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Gudmalin 0.
ARELLANO 64 - Rellama 13, Recto 11, Nepomuceno 9, Villarante 9, Tolentino 7, Salinel 5, Lopez 4, Lime 2, Sahali 2, Templonuevo 2, Cuenco 0, Sablaon 0, Tan 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 37-31, 60-50, 81-64.
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