Red Cubs get payback on Greenies; Baste gets big boost to NCAA 95 playoff push

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 10, 2019 06:05 PM
Red Cubs get payback on Greenies; Baste gets big boost
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STANDINGS
San Beda 16-1 (top-seed)
LPU 10-6
Arellano 9-6
CSB-LSGH 9-7
San Sebastian 9-7
JRU 8-7
Letran 7-9
Perpetual 5-10 (eliminated)
Mapua 4-12 (eliminated)
EAC 2-13 (eliminated)

Nothing changed in the standings on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre - nothing at all except for the fact that San Beda High School finally exacted revenge on the one and only team that had defeated it in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Red Cubs survived RC Calimag's 34-point outburst and sent a statement to first round tormentor College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills via a convincing 94-87 victory.

Justine Sanchez scored 22 points on top of nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals, leading three other teammates in double-digits in their 12th win in a row and 16th overall in 17 games.

Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot delivered the goods as well with the former finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, and four assists and the latter ending with 14 markers, six dimes, and three boards.

Still, San Beda was down by two, 68-70, after three quarters before going on a 15-7 tear to begin the final frame and build up an 85-77 led inside the last five mintues.

The Jr. Blazers then fought back to as close as five, 87-92, with 48.4 seconds left only to see Sanchez's layup keep them at bay once and for all.

Calimag paced the Jr. Blazers with his red-hot scoring to go along with nine rebounds while JC Macalalag posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of six assists.

With their third loss in the last five games, though, they fell to joint fourth in the standings at 9-7.

All even with them is San Sebastian College-Recoletos which added to the misery of now-dethroned Mapua High School with a well-earned 74-69 win.

Paeng Are stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals while Randolph Perez also added 12 markers, six boards, and three dimes.

The Staglets were chasing down a seven-point deficit before charging to a 21-9 fourth period all the way to a come-from-behind win that puts them inside the playoff picture.

CSB-LSGH and Baste are still within striking distance of second-running and 10-6 Lyceum of the Philippines University as well as third-running and 9-6 Arellano High School.

However, they also have 8-7 Jose Rizal University High School and 7-9 Colegio de San Juan de Letran breaking down their necks.

Meanwhile, last year's titlists Red Robins lost their sixth in a row and 12th overall in 16 games. Jonnel Policarpio showed the way for them in this one with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SAN BEDA 94 - Sanchez 22, Amsali 18, Ynot 14, Cabañero 13, Andrada 8, Alcantara 7, Delfino 4, Llarena 3, Alao 3, Nicdao 2, Pascual 0, Perigrina 0.

CSB-LSGH 87 -- Calimag 34, Arguelles 13, Macalalag 12, Manansala 7, Palencia 6, Valenzuela 6, Dimaunahan 4, Reyes 3, Arciaga 2, Panlilio 0, Gagate 0, Estil 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 52-45, 68-70, 94-87.

SECOND GAME

SAN SEBASTIAN 74 -- Are 17, Perez 12, Barroga 10, Darbin 8, Aguilar 6, Concha 5, Lustina 5, Janao 4, Una 4, Bulasa 3, Brizo 0.

MAPUA 69 -- Policarpio 16, Castor 14, Fransman 11, Parial 10, Galang 5, Jugo 4, Tadeo 4, Parinas 3, Buenaflor 2, Lugo 0, Ejercito 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 14-20, 33-39, 53-60, 74-69.

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