Cubs emphatically end NCAA 95 Round 1 by grounding Robins
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 06, 2019 12:00 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
San Beda 8-1
San Sebastian 4-5
San Beda High School has ended the first round of eliminations the very same way it started it - at no. 1 of the standings of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Drawing contributions from up and down the roster, the Red Cubs roared right in the face of new-age rival Mapua High School for a dominant 88-77 decision, Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.
The red and white counted five players in double-digits led by Justine Sanchez who scored 20 points on top of eight rebounds and two blocks. "Simula pa lang naman, alam na talaga naming we're 15-man deep," a more than satisfied head coach Manu Inigo said post-game.
Many more were alongside him as three players connived for 10 unanswered points to start the third quarter, turning a close contest into a 51-41 advantage in their favor. "Nag-adjust kami ng defense namin kasi hindi nagwo-work yun nung first half. Ayun, nag-work naman," coach Manu said.
The Red Robins then scored four straight points of their own before Troy Valencia joined in on the fun with an and-one and a fastbreak layup to send San Beda ahead, 57-45.
They would only increase their lead to 17, 73-56, early in the final frame courtesy of Josiah Alcantara’s personal 7-0 run.
Alcantara wound up with 10 points, all coming in the second half, while Tony Ynot turned in his best game of the season with a 13-marker, 11-rebound, five-assist showing.
Rhayyan Amsali and Yukien Andrada also delivered the goods with the former finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals and the latter ending with 11 markers and seven boards.
The Red Cubs would have stood alone atop the leaderboard no matter what happened, but the convincing victory versus the defending champions is nonetheless welcome.
Conversely, the loss dropped Mapua to 3-6 heading into the second round.
Megan Galang topped the scoring column for them with 21 points while Jonnel Policarpio posted a 20-marker, 12-rebound double-double of his own.
Meanwhile, San Sebastian College-Recoletos has finally won back-to-back games anew by goring Arellano High School, 85-62.
Dylan Darbin tuned in his best game yet with 24 points, five rebounds, and three assists as the Staglets overcame the absence of main man Milo Janao to improve to 4-5.
On the other hand, the Braves were downed for the third game in a row to drop to 5-4 in the standings.
SAN BEDA 88 - Sanchez 20, Ynot 13, Amsali 12, Andrada 11, Alcantara 10, Pelipel 6, Valencia 6, Delfino 4, Llarena 2, Pascual 2
MAPUA 77 - Galang 21, Policarpio 20, Castor 15, Jugo 7, Tadeo 5, Fransman 4, Buenaflor 4, Lugo 1, Sarmiento 0, Ejercito 0, So 0, Mercado 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-24, 42-41, 68-56, 88-77
SAN SEBASTIAN 85 – Darbin 24, Lustina 17, Are 10, Una 10, Perez 9, Brizo 5, Aguilar 4, Dalio 3, Concha 2, Besa 1, Bulasa 0, Barroga 0
ARELLANO 62 – Cuenco 16, Recto 10, Nepomuceno 9, Tolentino 7, Tan 6, Sahali 6, Rellama 4, Villarante 2, Templonuevo 2, Lopez 0, Sablaon 0, Salinel 0, Javier 0, Chiya 0
QUARTER SCORES: 28-20, 43-28, 64-47, 85-62
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