NCAA 95: Jr. Pirates sail to solo second; San Beda stays at first

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2019 11:49 AM
NCAA: Jr. Pirates sail to solo second; San Beda stays first
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

STANDINGS
San Beda 9-1
LPU 7-3
CSB-LSGH 6-3
Arellano 5-5
JRU 5-5
Perpetual 4-5
San Sebastian 4-5
Letran 4-6
Mapua 3-6
EAC 1-9

San Beda High School is still the top team in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament even as Lyceum of the Philippines University seized solo second at the start of the second round.

The Red Cubs had their way against hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College for a 29-point rout, 83-54, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Rhayyan Amsali stuffed the stat sheet in just 23 minutes with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists while Yukien Andrada posted his own 12-marker, 11-board double-double.

It was Cyrus Llarena and Tony Ynot, however, who conspired for 12 points in San Beda's 27-point opening salvo that eventually ended as their fifth win in a row and ninth overall in 10 games.

Those two, by themselves, outscored all of their opponents who only mustered eight points in the first quarter.

The Red Cubs' lead would only balloon to as much as 42 as they extended their lead in the standings.

Not long after, though, the Jr. Pirates also blew Arellano High School out of the water, 76-61.

The upstart squad from Cavite took time to get going, but once John Barba and Gyle Montano did, there was no stopping them.

Those two were at the head of the attack as they outscored their opponents, 40-25, in the middle periods en route to their second straight win that improves their standing to 7-3 - nudging ahead of idle College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills.

Barba wound up with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Montano had a 19-marker, 11-board double-double to his name. Top gun Mac Guadana didn't even have to do much scoring in this one, only with 10 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Their respective losses dropped the Braves and the Brigadiers to 5-5 and 1-9, respectively.

After a 5-1 start to the season, Arellano has now lost four games in a row to fall out of the playoff picture.

Meanwhile, EAC’s downward spiral continued with a fourth straight loss.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SAN BEDA 83 - Amsali 14, Andrada 12, Ynot 11, Llarena 9, Oftana 6, Peregrina 6, Sanchez 5, Nicdao 5, Delfino 4, Alcantara 3, Pascual 3, Cabanero 3, Valencia 2, Alao 0, Pelipel 0

EAC 54 - Sanosa 15, Ilustrisimo 12, Dandoy 9, Sollestre 6, Cabuhat 4, Mejia 3, Rodrin 2, Baruelo 2, Calipco 1, Balowa 0, Encila 0, Macaraya 0, Reyes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-8, 52-21, 72-33, 83-54

SECOND GAME

LPU 76 - Barba 20, Panganiban 20, Montano 18, Guadana 10, Ragasa 5, Garing 2, Garro 0, Dumon 0, Dejelo 0, Gudmalin 0, Caduyac 0, Caringal 0, Santos 0, Gamlanga 0

ARELLANO 61 - Cuenco 14, Tolentino 11, Sahali 10, Lopez 7, Nepomuceno 6, Sablaon 6, Recto 3, Tan 2, Salinel 2, Lime 0, Rellama 0, Villarante 0

QUARTER SCORES: 11-13, 29-25, 51-38, 76-61

THIRD GAME

JRU 89 - Famaranco 22, Garcia 18, Fortuna 13, Medina 12, Sy J 6, Joson 6, Icban 4, Sy W 3, Ganut 3, Salvacion 2, Lenon 0

LETRAN 81 - Saure 28, Umali 18, Romenez 12, Ramirez 7, Santiago 4, Flauta 4, Argente 2, Tolentino 2, Cauguiran 2, Lim 2, Cabal 0, Omega 0, Tibayan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-16, 36-36, 62-53, 89-81

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