LSGH completes cast for NCAA 95 Final Four, sets up date with San Beda
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 22, 2019 02:08 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
San Beda 17-1 (twice-to-beat)
LPU 11-7 (twice-to-beat)
San Sebastian 10-8 (Final Four)
CSB-LSGH 10-8 (Final Four)
At long last, College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills filled out the Final Four picture in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament as it bested Arellano High School, 66-52, in the fight for the fourth-seed, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Rookie Jan Manansala was the lone double-digit scorer for the Jr. Blazers with 13 points on top of eight rebounds and two blocks, but that didn't matter as it was defense that won the game for them.
The green and white put the Braves on a pressure cooker all game long and forced 21 turnovers which were quickly converted into 21 points.
And when Arellano somehow managed to put up a shot, CSB-LSGH was also right there to contest them and the latter suffocated the former into muffing on 39 of its 54 shots from the field.
Kobe Palencia also added eight points, seven rebounds, and four assists for the Jr. Blazers to help offset an off-game by top gun RC Calimag who was limited to seven markers due to injury.
Coming through in a must-win situation, they staked claim to the fourth and final place in the playoffs and now turn their attention to top-seeded and twice-to-beat San Beda High School.
The Jr. Blazers and the Braves figured in a knockout bout after they as well as San Sebastian College-Recoletos ended the elimination round in a three-way tie for the last two semifinals spots all at 10-8.
Due to having the highest quotient among the three teams, the Staglets clinched the third-seed while the other two had to duke it out for the fourth-seed.
There, CSB-LSGH prevailed and now hope to repeat its Cinderella run two season ago when it won the knockout bout for the fourth-seed and then toppled the top-seeded and twice-to-beat Red Cubs en route to the school's first-ever championship.
They will have all the confidence in the world to do so as well as, thus far, they are the only team to have downed San Beda.
Arellano was paced by Miguel Sahali who had 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists as well as Chris Recto who posted an 11-marker, 12-board double-double. They fall just short of the Final Four, but their 10-8 record and fifth-place finish are still improvements from last year.
Meanwhile, dethroned champion Mapua High School wrapped up its campaign with a 73-64 triumph over Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Jonnel Policarpio dominated with a 22-point, 24-rebound double-double on top of four assists and two steals while Megan Galang and Anthony Fransman also added 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
The Red Robins flew to their third win in a row and finished the season with a 6-12 standing.
On the other hand, the Brigadiers end their run at 2-16.
MAPUA 73 - Policarpio 22, Galang 11, Fransman 10, Castor 8, Jugo 6, Parial 5, Buenaflor 5, Tadeo 2, Parinas 2, Sarmiento 2, Ejercito 0, Mercado 0, So 0, Duarte 0
EAC 64 - Balowa 15, Sanosa 13, Rodrin 11, Encila 0, Ilustrisimo 8, Dandoy 4, Cabuhat 4, Macaraya 0, Calipco 0, Baruelo 0, Reyes 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-12, 40-31, 57-50, 73-64
CSB-LSGH 66 - Manansala 13, Palencia 8, Quiambao 8, Macalalag 7, Calimag 7, Valenzuela 6, Dimaunahan 5, Arguelles 4, Arciaga 4, Panlilio 2, Rivera 2, Reyes 0, Gagate 0, Estil 0, Torrijos 0.
ARELLANO 52 - Sahali 13, Recto 11, Templonuevo 8, Nepomuceno 7, Rellama 5, Sablaon 3, Lime 2, Tan 2, Lopez 1, Cuenco 0, Javier 0, Salinel 0, Villarante 0, Tolentino 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 16-13, 37-20, 57-30, 66-52
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