NCAA 95: LPU makes history as Staglets, Greenies, Braves don't take of business

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 18, 2019 08:30 PM
LPU makes history as Baste, LSGH, AU don't take of business
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San Beda 17-1 (twice-to-beat)
LPU 11-7 (twice-to-beat)
San Sebastian 10-8 (Final Four)
Arellano 10-8
JRU 9-9 (eliminated)
Letran 8-10 (eliminated)
Perpetual 7-11 (eliminated)
Mapua 5-12 (eliminated)
EAC 2-15 (eliminated)

Lyceum of the Philippines University was not playing on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

And yet, the Jr. Pirates are the biggest winners as they made history thanks to Mapua High School's triumph over College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, University of Perpetual Help's victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Jose Rizal University High School's win against Arellano High School.

The Red Robins came from behind to clamp down on the Jr. Blazers, 64-60, and thus, the former prevented the latter from clinching a playoff berth.

Dan Parinas and Jonnel Policarpio made their presence felt inside with the former finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds and the latter ending with 13 markers and six boards in the now-dethroned champions' fifth win in 17 games.

"Eto yung isa sa pinakamasarap na panalo," head coach Yong Garcia said post-game. "Ang goal naman talaga namin, mag-improve lang nang mag-improve. Parte pa rin nun ito."

Megan Galang also had 11 points and nine rebounds as Mapua exacted revenge on its new-age rival in the biggest way possible as, with the win, they forced CSB-LSGH into a tie for one of the remaining spots in the next round.

They are tied with the Staglets who themselves, were frustrated by the Jr. Altas earlier in the day, 76-81.

Yuki Kawamura waxed hot for 21 points while Kyle Cuevas posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double to help Perps close its campaign at 7-11.

With a win in its last game in the season, the Las Pinas-based squad looked like it had complicated matters for Baste.

That didn't last long, though, as in the last game of the day, the Light Bombers silenced the Braves, 70-62.

Fred Ganut topped the scoring column with 19 points while Celsus Fortuna and Condrad Famaranco chimed in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

Behind a total team effort, JRU ascended to a 9-9 finish while at the same time arranging a three-team logjam for its conquered foes.

With their sorry losses, all of CSB-LSGH, San Sebastian, and Arellano ended the elimination round at 10-8, standing on even ground for the third to fifth spots.

Due to having the highest quotient among the three teams, the Staglets assured themselves of a playing in the Final Four and ascended into the third-seed.

That meant that the Jr. Blazers and Braves will figure in a knockout bout on Tuesday for the right to stay alive and stake claim to the fourth-seed.

Amidst all these complications, idle LPU sailed to its first-ever Final Four appearance in school history on the strength of those sorry losses for their fellow playoff hopefuls.

Sporting an 11-7 slate, the Jr. Pirates are not only assured of a spot in the next round, but are also assured of a twice-to-beat advantage once there.

Meanwhile, the Red Robins still have one assignment on their schedule - a game against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday.

There, they only hope to close their campaign with three wins in a row. "'Di pa tapos. Dapat ganito pa rin kami sa last game namin," coach Yong said.



PERPETUAL 81 - Kawamura 21, Orgo 13, Cuevas 12, Galoy 11, Gelsano 8, Manuel 7, Balazuela 5, Banaticla 4, Dela Cruz 0, Angeles 0, Nunez 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 76 - Janao 20, Bulasa 13, Are 8, Barroga 7, Lustina 7, Aguilar 6, Perez 5, Concha 4, Darbin 4, Una 2, Gomez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-16, 34-38, 57-52, 81-76


MAPUA 64 - Parinas 13, Policarpio 13, Galang 11, Parial 8, Tadeo 6, Lugo 5, Fransman 4, Mercado 3, Castor 1, Jugo 0, Ejercito 0

CSB-LSGH 60 - Palencia 16, Manansala 12, Calimag 11, Arguelles 9, Macalalag 6, Reyes 3, Dimaunahan 2, Panlilio 1, Valenzuela 0, Quiambao 0, Arciaga 0, Estil 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 30-35, 49-51, 64-60


JRU 70 - Ganut 19, Fortuna 11, Famaranco 10, Garcia 7, Icban 6, J. Sy 5, Medina 5, Joson 5, Gentalan 2, Salvacion 0, Lenon 0, W. Sy 0.

ARELLANO 62 - Recto 13, Lopez 11, Nepomuceno 11, Salinel 9, Tolentino 5, Sahali 4, Cuenco 4, Javier 3, Tan 2, Lime 0, Sablaon 0, Templonuevo 0, Villarante 0, Rellama 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-13, 31-29, 51-39, 70-62.


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