NCAA 95: Guadana, Barba will Jr. Pirates to winner-take-all vs Red Cubs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 15, 2019 03:07 PM
Guadana, Barba will Jr. Pirates to winner-take-all vs Cubs
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Mac Guadana and John Barba weren't letting Lyceum of the Philippines University get sunk today.

Guadana’s game-long brilliance coupled with Barba’s coming up clutch proved to be the difference as the Jr. Pirates edged out San Beda High School, 79-74, Friday at MOA Arena and lived to fight one more day in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The graduating guard did it all with 19 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists, delivering the goods in a must-win game.

With the Red Cubs threatening at 71-73 inside the last two minutes, Guadana called for isolation and danced around Yukien Andrada before drilling a booming triple.

Andrada then got his own trey to go to pull his side within two anew, 74-76, with 31.4 ticks to go.

It was at that point, though, that Season MVP Barba delivered the knockout blow -  a triple from the right corner - that downed San Beda once and for all.

Barba wound up with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double as LPU set up a winner-take-all match for the championship on Tuesday still at the same venue.

They also got much-welcome contributions from Jae Omandac who turned in his best game in the playoffs with 18 points and five rebounds as well as Gyle Montano who had 12 markers, eight boards, three assists, and two steals of his own.

These strong showings from their big three allowed the Jr. Pirates to continue their quest for a historic championship.

That will be easier said than done, though, as the Red Cubs are sure to bounce back big-time following only their second setback in the season.

Andrada paced them in this one with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Justine Sanchez also added 15 markers and nine boards.

BOX SCORES

LPU 79 - Guadana 19, Omandac 18, Barba 14, Montano 12, Garro 6, Panganiban 5, Garing 2, Ragasa 2, Gamlanga 1, Santos 0, Caduyac 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0.

SAN BEDA 74 - Andrada 20, Sanchez 15, Ynot 14, Amsali 12, Alcantara 8, Delfino 2, Llarena 2, Oftana 1, Alao 0, Pelipel 0, Valencia 0, Cabanero 0, Nicdao 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-23, 34-36, 56-50, 79-74.

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