Red Cubs claw Squires, claim top-seed in NCAA 95 Final Four
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2019 12:32 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
San Beda 14-1 (twice-to-beat)
San Sebastian 7-6
San Beda High School had no problems whatsoever and left no doubt in its rivalry game with Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the second round of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Six Red Cubs were in double-digit scoring as they simply overwhelmed the Squires in a wire-to-wire 108-80 win, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Justine Sanchez topped the scoring column with 16 points and nine rebounds, all while coming off the bench, and towed the boys from Taytay to the top-seed in the Final Four.
Rhayyan Amsali and Yukien Andrada were also there, of course, and the former finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals while the latter ended with 12 markers, seven boards, and two dimes in San Beda's 10th win in a row and 14th overall in 15 games.
The Red Cubs ran away from their fierce foes in the middle periods where they just dominated by a score of 64-36.
Cyrus Llarena and Hans Nicdao came up big in that timeframe with Llarena pouring in five of his 14 points and Nicdao pumping in all 13 of his markers.
With their latest win, they remain, far and away, the top team in the elimination round and remain way ahead of the pack, witnessing as many as eight teams still vying for the other three playoff berths.
The Squires, now at 7-8, still have a shot at one of those, but are now also in a virtual must-win situation.
CJ Saure and Shawn Umali fronted their effort in this one with 21 and 20 points, respectively, as Joshua Ramirez wound up scoreless in 16 minutes of play.
Meanwhile, Emilio Aguinaldo College did damage to the playoff hopes of University of Perpetual Help via a 90-86 victory.
Adrian Balowa waxed hot and wound up with a 30-point game for the second straight time, all while shooting the Brigadiers to just their second win in 13 games.
Balowa was near-unstoppable with 31 points in 10-of-17 shooting and was backstopped by Ron Encila ho had 22 markers to his name.
The loss dropped the Jr. Altas to a 4-9 standing, putting them in a precarious position as they now have to triumph in their remaining assignments just to have a shot at the next round.
Jearico Nunez showed the way for them in this one with a monster 22-point, 20-rebound double-double.
EAC 90 - Balowa 31, Encila 22, Mejia 9, Ilustrisimo 8, Dandoy 8, Rodrin 6, Cabuhat 4, Reyes 2, Baruelo 0, Macaraya 0
PERPETUAL 86 - Nunez 22, Galman 20, Kawamura 14, Orgo 13, Gelsano 9, Cuevas 5, Manuel 2, Escalante 1, Galoy 0, Angeles 0, Dela Cruz 0, Barazuela 0
QUARTER SCORES: 24-19, 48-39, 67-61, 90-86
SAN BEDA 108 - Sanchez 16, Llarena 14, Nicdao 13, Amsali 12, Andrada 12, Delfino 10, Cabanero 8, Alcantara 7, Pascual 6, Oftana 4, Peregrina 4, Alao 2, Valencia 0
LETRAN 80 - Saure 21, Umali 20, Santiago 13, Argente 13, Omega 11, Tibayan 2, Ramirez 0, Delas Alas 0, Cabal 0, Tolentino 0, Lim 0, Flauta 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-17, 57-34, 87-53, 108-80
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