LPU, LSGH take command of second, third in NCAA 95 playoff race

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 08, 2019 08:29 PM
LPU, LSGH take command of second, third in playoff race
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STANDINGS
San Beda 15-1 (top-seed)
LPU 10-6
CSB-LSGH 9-6
Arellano 9-6
San Sebastian 8-7
JRU 8-7
Letran 7-9
Perpetual 5-10 (eliminated)
Mapua 4-11 (eliminated)
EAC 2-13 (eliminated)

The last three spots for the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament Final Four remains up for grabs, but Lyceum of the Philippines University and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills are moving closer and closer into getting two of them.

The Pirates seized solo second in the standings while the Jr. Blazers forged a tie for third after downing separate foes, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

LPU aced the tough test put up by San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 82-72, behind John Barba's strong start and Mac Guadana's even finer finish.

Guadana dropped all but seven of his 17 points in the opening salvo while also totaling seven rebounds and four assists and him and his crew were in complete command for majority of the matchup.

Of course, the Staglets kept coming and were still threatening in the final frame only to see Barba score nine of his 25 points in the final frame while also hauling in 13 rebounds and four assists.

Gyle Montano also added 21 points and eight rebounds as the Jr. Pirates sailed to their third win in a row to improve to 10-6 - already their best record in school history.

Breathing down their necks, however, is now 9-6 CSB-LSGH which made quick work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-51.

RC Calimag had 19 points to his name in just nearly 15 minutes of play while Kobe Palencia was just as impactful with 14 markers, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 17 minutes.

The Jr. Blazers got off to a blazing 28-7 beginning and never looked back all the way to back-to-back wins.

While LPU and CSB-LSGH scored much-needed wins, they are far from getting away from the thick of things as four other teams are still in the running for those last three spots in the Final Four.

One of those is Jose Rizal University High School which got off the ground once more by jumping on University of Perpetual Help, 85-76.

Gholam Garcia and Condrad Famaranco had 24 and 21 points, respectively, to show the Light Bombers the way to joint fifth at 8-7.

They sport the same slate as Baste with idle Colegio de San Juan de Letran bringing up the rear at 7-9.

With their sixth loss in a row and 10th overall in 15 games, the Jr. Altas bowed out of contention. The Brigadiers, meanwhile, have long been eliminated and fell to 2-13.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CSB-LSGH 81 - Calimag 19, Reyes 17, Palencia 14, Manansala 13, Gagate 4, Arciaga 4, Macalalag 2, Panlilio 2, Torrijos 2, Arguelles 2, Rivera 2, Dimaunahan 0, Estil 0.

EAC 51 - Illustrimo 18, Balowa 5, Cabuhat 5, Reyes 5, Sanosa 4, Macaraya 4, Encila 3, Lomogda 3, Sollestre 2, Rodrin 2, Baruelo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 28-7, 51-25, 68-41, 81-51

SECOND GAME

LPU 82 - Barba 25, Montaño 21, Guadaña 17, Omandac 6, Garro 5, Dejelo 5, Garing 2, Ragasa 1, Panganiban 0, Santos 0, Gudmalin 0, Gamlanga 0, Caringal 0, Dumon 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 72 - Are 20, Darbin 14, Concha 12, Aguilar 10, Brizo 8, Una 4, Bulasa 4, Barroga 0, Perez 0, Besa 0, Lustina 0, Dailo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-15, 39-35, 59-53, 82-72

THIRD GAME

JRU 85 - Garcia 24, Famaranco 21, Medina 17, Icban 6, Sy J, Sy W 4, Ganut 3, Fortuna 3, Gentalan 2, Salvacion 0, Lenon 0

PERPETUAL 76 - Orgo 19, Kawamura 16, Gelsano 8, Escalante 8, Galoy 7, Manuel 6, Cuevas 6, Ignacio 2, Angeles 2, Galman 2, Nunez 0, Banaticla 0, Barazuela 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 33-45, 59-62, 85-76

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