Red Cubs school Jr. Pirates for fearsome finish to NCAA 95 elims

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 17, 2019 02:18 PM
Red Cubs school Jr. Pirates for fearsome finish to elims
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STANDINGS
San Beda 17-1 (top-seed)
LPU 11-7
Arellano 10-7
San Sebastian 10-7
CSB-LSGH 10-7
JRU 8-9 (eliminated)
Letran 8-10 (eliminated)
Perpetual 6-11 (eliminated)
Mapua 5-12 (eliminated)
EAC 2-15 (eliminated)

San Beda High School sent a shot across the bow of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament, imposing its will on Lyceum of the Philippines University and MVP favorite Mac Guadana for a dominant 111-82 decision, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Jr. Pirates and their 1-2 punch of Guadana and John Barba were just no match for the Red Cubs' overwhelming balance and depth.

That was all the more evident in the third quarter which saw San Beda ground and pound LPU, 34-15, blowing up a four-point halftime edge into a 76-53 lead.

In that period, eight different players contributed in the scoring column with Justine Sanchez pounding in half of his 16 points, Tony Ynot pouring in seven of his 18 points, and Rhayyan Amsali pumping in seven of his 14 points.

The Red Cubs would only put pedal to the metal the rest of the way and mounted an advantage as big as 32.

Amsali wound up with a double-double, also with 12 rebounds to his name while Yukien Andrada chipped in 13 points and 14 boards as well.

Outclassing their upstart opponents, they stretched their streak to 12 in a row heading into the Final Four whose cast is not yet complete with four teams still vying of the last three spots.

Because of that fact, along with its overall 17-1 record, San Beda remains the clear-cut favorite to go all the way.

On the other hand, the Jr. Pirates failed to clinch a outright berth into the playoffs.

Instead, they will now have to hope that all of Arellano High School, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills drop their last assignments - or else, figure in a series of knockout bouts for a place in the playoffs.

Guadana wound up with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in this one while Barba had his own 20-marker, 11-board double-double.

Nonetheless, LPU ends the eliminations with a school-best 11-7 record.

Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran scored a fine finish to its campaign by beating down on Emilio Aguinaldo College, 92-74.

The Squires missed out on the Final Four for the second straight season, but still improved on their win total and wound up at 8-10.

On the other hand, the Brigadiers only have two wins to show for all their trouble in the tournament.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

LETRAN 92 - Ramirez 18, Saure 14, Omega 12, Santiago 10, Cabal 7, Umali 6, Delas Alas 6, Tibayan 4, Cauguiran 4, Miranda 3, Argente 3, Romenez 2, Lim 2, Flauta 1, Tolentino 0

EAC 74 - Balowa 31, Sanosa 18, Rodrin 10, Ilustrisimo 5, Macaraya 3, Encila 3, Cabuhat 2, Calipco 2, Sollestre 0, Mejia 0, Reyes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-12, 50-25, 78-47, 92-74

SECOND GAME

SAN BEDA 111 - Ynot 18, Sanchez 16, Amsali 14, Andrada 14, Alcantara 11, Valencia 9, Alao 8, Llarena 7, Delfino 4, Nicdao 3, Pelipel 3, Cabanero 2, Oftana 2, Pascual 0, Perigrina 0

LPU 82 - Barba 20, Guadana 19, Montano 14, Gamlanga 7, Caduyac 6, Garro 5, Omandac 5, Garing 4, Panganiban 2, Dumon 0, Dejelo 0, Ragasa 0, Santos 0, Gudmalin 0, Caringal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-22, 42-38, 76-53, 111-82

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