NCAA 95 Jrs.: San Beda closes door on Mapua's title reign

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2019 12:28 PM
NCAA 95 Jrs.: San Beda closes door on Mapua's title reign
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STANDINGS
San Beda 15-1 (top-seed)
Arellano 9-6
LPU 9-6
CSB-LSGH 8-6
San Sebastian 8-6
JRU 7-7
Letran 7-9
Perpetual 5-9
Mapua 4-11 (eliminated)
EAC 2-12 (eliminated)

San Beda High School knew full well that the championship in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament will have to go through Mapua High School.

The Red Cubs did that, and more, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre, mangling the now-dethroned Red Robins, 91-82.

Rhayyan Amsali dominated from start to finish and wound up with a 30-point, 12-rebound double-double while Justine Sanchez and Tony Ynot chimed in 15 and 12 markers, respectively, in their 11 win in a row.

Even though San Beda improved to 15-1, its remaining assignments in the elimination round actually no longer have any bearing as it is already locked into the top-seed since its last outing.

Because of that, head coach Manu Inigo didn’t see the fight he has been used to from his boys in the earlygoing. “Nag-adjust kami kasi medyo relaxed kami nung first half. Siguro nga kasi, alam nilang pasok na sila si pinagalitan ko sila nung halftime na hindi pwedeng ganun yung attitude,” he shared.

Indeed, up against a Mapua side fighting for dear life, the Red Cubs actually found themselves trailing by two at the half.

The two teams were still all even at 57-all at the 4:26 mark of the third quarter until Amsali’s basket and bonus jumpstarted an 18-7 charge that boosted them ahead, 75-64, early in the final frame.

Jonnel Policarpio kept Red Robins coming and they were only chasing down a nine-point deficit several times inside the last five minutes, but Sanchez had the response for San Beda each and every time.

And in the end, the Red Cubs closed the door on the title reign of their new-age rival which has won it all twice in the last three years.

For coach Manu, though, the climb back to the mountaintop is far from over. “On track naman kami sa goal naming mabalik ang San Beda sa taas. Yung no. 1, nakuha na namin sa eliminations, pero sana magtuloy-tuloy pa,” he said as they continued their quest for their first championship since 2015.

On the other hand, Mapua will not be playing in the next round for the first time in recent history. Policarpio posted a 29-point, 11-rebound double-double in this one which all went to waste as they suffered a fifth straight setback and 11th overall in 15 games.

Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills gave itself a shot in the arm via a convincing 81-71 victory versus University of Perpetual Help.

RC Calimag scored 24 points to shoot the Jr. Blazers back into the win column now at 8-6.

Raffy Arguelles and Jan Arciaga also added 12 points apiece to make sure the boys from Mandaluyong kept pace in the tight race for the other three playoff berths.

The Jr. Altas are in danger of fully falling behind in that playoff chase after absorbing their ninth loss in 14 games. Emman Galman fronted their effort in this one with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.

Forging a tie for the second spot is Lyceum of the Philippines University which downed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 69-58.

Mac Guadana fueled the Jr. Pirates’ drive forward to 9-6 with 17 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

Adrian Balowa fronted the effort for the long-been eliminated and 2-12 Brigadiers with 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 81 - Calimag 24, Arguelles 12, Arciaga 12, Manansala 9, Reyes 8, Palencia 6, Macalalag 4, Estil 4, Dimaunahan 2, Panlilio 0, Valenzuela 0

PERPETUAL 71 - Galman 26, Orgo 12, Gelsano 10, Kawamura 10, Galoy 8, Escalante 3, Cuevas 2, Nunez 0, Ignacio 0, Dela Cruz 0, Angeles 0, Banaticla 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-21, 45-33, 59-57, 81-71

SECOND GAME

SAN BEDA 91 - Amsali 30, Sanchez 15, Ynot 12, Andrada 8, Llarena 7, Delfino 5, Alao 4, Alcantara 3, Pascual 2, Nicdao 2, Oftana 2, Cabanero 1, Peregrina 0

MAPUA 82 - Policarpio 29, Jugo 11, Parial 10, Lugo 8, Fransman 7, Galang 6, Castor 6, Tadeo 2, Buenaflor 2, Mercado 1, Parinas 0, Duarte 0, Ejercito 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-20, 43-45, 69-64, 91-82

THIRD GAME

LPU 69 – Guadana 17, Omandac 13, Montano 10, Gamlanga 10, Barba 9, Santos 3, Garro 2, Garing 2, Ragasa 2, Gudmalin 1, Caduyac 0, Panganiban 0, Caringal 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0

EAC 58 – Balowa 14, Dandoy 11, Ilustrisimo 8, Cabuhat 7, Encila 7, Rodrin 6, Reyes 3, Mejia 2, Sollestre 0, Baruelo 0, Sanosa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-19, 40-28, 56-42, 69-58

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