Braves drag down Greenies; Baste boosts bid for NCAA 95 Final Four

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2019 12:06 PM
Braves drag down Greenies; Baste boosts bid for NCAA 95 F4
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STANDINGS
San Beda 13-1
LPU 7-5
Arellano 8-6
CSB-LSGH 7-6
JRU 7-6
San Sebastian 7-6
Letran 6-7
Perpetual 5-7
Mapua 4-9
EAC 1-11

The middle of the pack in the playoff race in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament just got even more muddled.

Arellano High School leapfrogged College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills in the standings thanks to a big-time 70-67 takedown even as San Sebastian College-Recoletos barged back into the playoff picture courtesy of a 95-77 rout of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Braves wasted no time getting hot on game day, going off for 25 points in the opening salvo while also giving up only 12 at the other end.

Marc Cuenco was at the forefront of that strong start, scoring all but two of his 13 points in the first quarter while Miguel Sahali also added six of his 11 markers in the same timeframe.

The Greenies regrouped and still made a close contest out of it, but Chris Recto had all the answers for Arellano, totaling a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.

With the win, the Braves raised their record to 8-6, good for solo third - and they may even go as high as solo second depending on the result of the matchup between Lyceum of the Philippines University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran later.

On the other hand, CSB-LSGH dropped down into a three-team logjam for the fourth to sixth spots with a 7-6 standing.

Rookie Jiam Quiambao topped the scoring column for them in this one with 15 points as the 1-2 punch of RC Calimag were checked and only combined for 20 markers in 7-of-18 shooting.

The Jr. Blazers have now dropped four of the last six games and find themselves well in the thick of things with as many as eight teams vying for the last three playoff berths.

One of those squads are the Staglets who sport the same slate as CSB-LSGH and Jose Rizal University High School.

They were neck and neck with the Brigadiers after the first half, but then unloaded a 33-point third quarter to turn the game into a blowout.

Milo Janao turned in his best game in the second round with 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Louise Concha and Kim Bulasa chipped in 13 markers off the bench.

Baste has gotten into its groove as of late, winning five of its last six games to boost its bid for a playoff return.

On the other hand, EAC was officially ousted from contention with its 11th loss in 12 games. This, even after a 35-point game by Adrian Balowa.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ARELLANO 70 - Recto 15, Cuenco 13, Sahali 11, Sablaon 9, Nepomuceno 5, Salinel 5, Tan 4, Templonuevo 4, Lopez 2, Tolentino 2, Lime 0

CSB-LSGH 67 - Quiambao 15, Calimag 10, Palencia 10, Manansala 8, Valenzuela 8, Macalalag 4, Arciaga 4, Dimaunahan 4, Panlilio 2, Arguelles 0, Rivera 0, Torrijos 0, Reyes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-12, 33-31, 51-47, 70-67

SECOND GAME

SAN SEBASTIAN 95 - Janao 20, Concha 14, Bulasa 13, Are 13, Una 9, Darbin 7, Perez 6, Lustina 4, Aguilar 4, Brizo 2, Gomez 2, Barroga 1, Besa 0, Dailo 0

EAC 77 - Balowa 35, Dandoy 11, Encila 11, Cabuhat 8, Mejia 7, Ilustrisimo 4, Rodrin 1, Baruelo 0, Reyes 0, Sollestre 0, Macaraya 0, Lomogda 0, Sanosa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-18, 32-32, 65-50, 95-77

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