San Beda is king of NCAA Jrs. jungle again for first time since 2015

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 19, 2019 03:09 PM
San Beda is king of NCAA Jrs. jungle again
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

San Beda High School gave Lyceum of the Philippines University no chance whatsoever in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Finals.

Finals MVP Rhayyan Amsali was a force all over the court and the rest of the Red Cubs only followed suit as they mangled the upstart Jr. Pirates, 98-77, Tuesday at MOA Arena.

Amsali was definitely not alone as the his fellows at the fearsome frontcourt in Justine Sanchez and Yukien Andrada did their usual heavy lifting while Tony Ynot also made his presence felt.

Following a shocker of a Game 2 loss last Friday, the red and white came out with a lot of fire to commence the contest and dropped 50 points in the first half for a 17-point lead.

They only doubled down in the third quarter where they fired 31 points more and mounted a lead as big as 30.

In the end, Amsali stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals while Ynot had his own 18 markers, eight boards, four dimes, and four pilfers.

Sanchez also added 19 ponts and seven rebounds while Andrada chimed in three markers and six boards.

With those four showing the way, San Beda left no doubt in claiming their first championship since 2015 - and 23rd overall.

Back on the mountaintop for the first time in four years, the Red Cubs are now the winningest program in the Jrs.

For the Jr. Pirates, Mac Guadana topped the scoring column in his last game in maroon and grey with 24 points on top of six rebounds and three steals.

Season MVP John Barba was handcuffed to just 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Despite falling short of the title, however, the runner-up finish remains, by far, the school's best finish.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 98 - Sanchez 19, Ynot 18, Amsali 16, Llarena 19, Oftana 9, Alao 8, Cabanero 5, Pelipel 4, Andrada 3, Nicdao 3, Alcantara 2, Delfino 1, Pascual 0, Valencia 0, Peregrina 0.

LPU 77 - Guadana 24, Omandac 12, Barba 11, Montano 10, Garro 6, Panganiban 5, Ragasa 5, Caduyac 2, Garing 2, Gamlanga 0, Gudmalin 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 50-33, 81-51, 98-77.

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