NCAA 95: Braves seize solo second, stretch streak to four in a row
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 03, 2019 05:07 PM
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San Beda 14-1 (top-seed)
San Sebastian 8-6
Arellano High School has kept one foot in the door for the second-seed in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament after keeping away Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 65-59, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Chris Recto was the lone player in double-digits with 25 points, but his game-long brilliance was just too much for the Squires.
The sweet-shooting forward was almost automatic from the field, going 7-of-11, while also hauling down 10 rebounds.
Behind him, Arellano registered its fourth win in a row to yet again temporarily take control of the second-seed - nudging ahead of 8-6 Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos as well as 7-6 College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills.
Still, it wasn't until the third quarter that the Braves put this one away, suffocating their opponents to only two points.
They only scored 11 from their own end, but that was more than enough to give them the separation they would keep en route to raising their record to 9-6.
Breathing down their neck, however, is San Sebastian which grounded Jose Rizal University High School, 94-91.
Nikko Aguilar showed the way for the Staglets with 19 points, six rebounds, and three assists while Paeng Are and Kim Bulasa chipped in 14 markers apiece.
Louise Concha also came up big off the bench, dropping all but four of his 12 points in their 30-point third quarter.
The Light Bombers still tried to make something happen in the final frame, but Baste had all the answers and made sure it stayed well within the playoff picture.
Their respective losses dropped JRU and Letran to 7-7 and 7-9, respectively.
The Light Bombers remain within striking distance for a playoff berth, and even a twice-to-beat advantage, even after Gholam Garcia's 21-point outburst went to waste.
The same could not be said for the Squires who are now in a virtual must-win situation just to have a shot at the next round. Shawn Umali paced them in this one with a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double
ARELLANO 65 - Recto 25, Cuenco 9, Tolentino 8, Lopez 4, Templonuevo 4, Villarante 4, Javier 3, Nepomuceno 3, Sahali 2, Salinel 2, Lime 1, Sablaon 0, Tan 0.
LETRAN 59 - Umali 17, Santiago 11, Argente 10, Cabal 6, Saure 5, Romenez 4, Tibayan 4, Lim 2, Delas Alas 0, Flauta 0, Miranda 0, Omega 0, Tolentino 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 37-35, 48-37, 65-59.
SAN SEBASTIAN 94 - Aguilar 19, Are 14, Bulasa 14, Concha 12, Darbin 10, Janao 9, Una 9, Lustina 3, Barroga 2, Brizo 1, Perez 1.
JRU 91 - Garcia 21, Medina 14, Ganut 12, J. Sy 12, Icban 10, Gentalan 9, Famaranco 6, Joson 5, W. Sy 2, Fortuna 0, Salvacion 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 28-26, 48-45, 78-66, 94-91.
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