NCAA 95: Calimag, Jr. Blazers shoot down Jr. Pirates to seize solo second
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2019 11:57 AM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
San Beda 11-1
San Sebastian 6-5
College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills tackled Lyceum of the Philippines University head-on, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre and ultimately took down its fellow playoff hopeful in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament with a hardfought 95-87 decision.
RC Calimag was at the spearhead of the attack with 29 points in just 26 minutes and was flanked by three other teammates in double-digits as the Jr. Blazers claimed sole possession of the second spot with a 7-4 record.
"Ang motivation talaga namin is to get 1 or 2," a more than satisfied head coach Karl Santos said post-game. "At the end of the day, dikitan yung laban so we want to have separation dun sa mga teams sa baba."
The graduating swingman was on fire from all over, going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, 7-of-8 from the line, and 9-of-16 overall from the field.
Calimag’s layup detonated the 16-4 blast that widened a one-point edge, 64-63, into an 80-67 lead with five minutes remaining.
Lennox Valenzuela, Jiam Quiambao, and JC Macalalag were right there with him as the erstwhile third-running boys from Green Hills just took the fight out of the once second-ranked Jr. Pirates.
In the end, Valenzuela had 12 points, Macalalag had 10 markers, and Quiambao had seven points of his own while Jolo Manansala also posted a 15-marker, 13-rebound double-double.
"Si RC, alam na naman nating siya yung no. 1 option, pero at the end of the day, alam niya rin na 'di kami mananalo na puro siya lang," coach Karl said. "So right now, we're also working on dun sa iba naming players."
The hardfought decision let CSB-LSGH switch places with LPU and the former now has league-leading 11-1 San Beda High School in its sights while the latter drops down to 7-5.
Pacing the Jr. Pirates was John Barba who dropped 35 big points while Mac Guadana contributed 19 markers, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Absorbing their second straight loss, however, they are now feeling 6-6 Jose Rizal High School and Arellano High School as well as 5-5 San Sebastian College-Recoletos right behind them as the playoff race heats up.
CSB-LSGH 95 - Calimag 29, Manansala 15, Valenzuela 12, Macalalag 10, Quiambao 7, Palencia 6, Dimaunahan 6, Arciaga 5, Torrijos 3, Estil 2, Panlilio 0, Gagate 0, Rivera 0, Reyes 0.
LPU 85 - Barba 35, Guadana 19, Montano 12, Panganiban 6, Ragasa 5, Omandac 3, Garing 3, Garro 2, Caringal 2, Caduyac 0, Dumon 0, Santos 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 15-19, 36-35, 64-59, 95-87.
SAN SEBASTIAN 86 - Aguilar 21, Concha 16, Janao 15, Darbin 13, Bulasa 8, Are 4, Brizo 4, Gomez 3, Barroga 2, Besa 0, Dailo 0.
LETRAN 81 - Umali 21, Santiago 20, Saure 19, Ramirez 9, Omega 5, Argente 4, Flauta 2, Tolentino 1, Tibayan 0, Romenez 0, Cabal 0, Lim 0, Cauguiran 0, Miranda 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 41-35, 68-48, 86-81.
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