Scorpions Now 4-0 In NCBL

NCBL_logo     MANILA – Centro Escolar University extended its winning run to four at Fourth National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) by shaming Technological Institute of the Philippines, 62-47, at the latter’s home floor the TIP Gym Friday (July 31). Bucking a slow start, the visiting Scorpions again turned to their defense and limited the Engineers to only two points in the final period!

Trailing at the halftime break, 29-34, the Scorpions stayed on their bench and Coach Edgar Macaraya did not waste time in scolding his wards for “playing soft and without focus.” The tongue lashing seemed to have no effect as the Engineers maintained their advantage behind the timely shots of Carlo Gomez, 45-39.

Suddenly, the unthinkable happened as TIP could not find the basket. That was the cue for CEU to make their move as Alvin Abundo hit a big triple and Samboy de Leon and Jason Opiso woke up from their so-so first three periods en route to the Scorpions’ dizzying 23-2 windup.

No Scorpion scored in twin digits to underscore their balanced attack and team effort. De Leon finished with a team-best eight points followed by Rodrigue Ebondo with eight points and 11 rebounds.

Gomez and Roldan Pinas paced the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera with 10 markers each. Nino Ibanez, who keyed TIP’s strong start, went scoreless in the fourth but still finished with eight points.

The Engineers entered the game on a high after escaping Philippine Christian University, 80-74, last Tuesday (July 28) at the Olivarez College Gym. Kimley Medina led the victors with 20 points.

Olivarez College stayed a full game behind the pacesetting Scorpions by clubbing Manuel L. Quezon University in the next game, 57-46. The Paranaque City-based Sea Lions of Coach Myk Saguiguit improved to 3-1.

Dwight Saguiguit and Elmer Labis paced Olivarez with 13 points each in the highly-physical contest. The duo also accounted for the crucial shots in the fourth that held off the Stallions’ repeated attempts to rally.

Christopher Bitoon topped the Stallions with 20 points followed by Aleksa Villegas with 11. Villegas had to leave the game late in the fourth period after injuring his shoulder.

The Stallions under Coach Jino Manansala dropped to 1-2, the same record as PCU. The Dolphins of Coach Loreto Tolentino opened the day’s hostilities with a resounding 77-50 spanking of the still winless Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology Red Fox.

Jon Tambeling sizzled with 31 points to fuel the blowout. Yves Sazon backed him up with 17 and gave the Dolphins their first win after dropping their first two assignments.

Paolo Quiminales led the Red Fox of Coach Ringo Jimenez with 16 followed by Ronald Macuha with12. EARIST is now 0-4.

How They Scored:

First Game

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN (77) – Tambeling 31, Sazon 17, Pallatac 6, Castro 5, Leron 4, Ayon-ayon 4, Malto 3, Ocampo 2, Vasquez 2, Dangca 2, Mescullado 1, Bautista 0, Bayotas 0, Catipay 0.

EARIST (50) – Quiminales 16, Macuha 12, Umeanzonie 9, Cruz 4, Pancho 4, Montealegre 2, Bandalan 2, Orticio 1, Laus 0, Jimenez 0.

Period Scores: 19-12, 45-24, 59-42, 77-50.

Second Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (62) – Ebondo 8, S. de Leon 8, Opiso 7, Abundo 7, Aquino 7, Batino 5, Jeruta 5, Telen 4, Gallemit 4, Arim 3, Celso 2, K. de Leon 2, Anunciacion 0, Manlangit 0.

TIP-MANILA (47) – Gomez 10, Pinas 10, Ibanez 8, Medina 7, Tumalip 6, Gadon 5, Alcober 1, Akpuru 0, Namocatcat 0, Okoronkwo 0, Lara 0.

Period Scores: 10-13, 29-34, 39-45, 62-47.

Third Game

OLIVAREZ (57) – Saguiguit 13, Labis 13, Navarro 7, Bermudes 6, Bustos 4, Magbitang 4, Madera 3, Jasmin 3, Begaso 2, Solis 2, Tomilloso 0, Corneh 0, Diaz 0, Andigo 0, Young 0.

MANUEL L. QUEZON (46) – Bitoon 20, Villegas 11, Santos 8, Ambulodto 7, Torregoza 0, Ignacio 0, Aurelio 0, Lao 0, Caliguiran 0, Balidoy 0.

Period Scores: 17-10, 33-20, 40-36, 57-46.

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Undefeated CEU Solo NCBL Leader

Coach Edgar Macaraya and the Scorpions are off to another strong start in the NCBL.

Coach Edgar Macaraya and the Scorpions are off to another strong start in the NCBL.

NCBL_logo     PARANAQUE CITY – Centro Escolar University grabbed the solo leadership of the Fourth National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) via a sound crushing of Olivarez College, 70-44, in continuing action Tuesday (July 28) at the Dr. Pablo Olivarez Gymnasium. The visiting Scorpions improved to a spotless 3-0 win-loss card in handing the host Sea Lions their first loss after two straight wins to open the six-school tournament.

The Scorpions of Coach Edgar Macaraya applied the defensive clamps in the second period and for a moment it looked like the Sea Lions would be limited to a solitary field goal until they managed to end their almost five-minute scoring drought. The damage had already been done and the Sea Lions would never recover.

Adding to the Sea Lions woes was the stoppage of play after guard Harvey Sala fell hard on the floor and injured his shoulder. It took a while for medics to move Sala out of the court and the Sea Lions could not find answer to the Scorpions’ rampage.

Alvin Abundo came off the bench to replace an injured JK Casino and went on to pace CEU with 15 points. Rodrigue Ebondo had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as he matched up against former Scorpions John Paul Magbitang and Johnny Jasmin.

Pruvil Bermudes was the top scorer for the Sea Lions of Coach Mike Saguiguit with 15 markers. Jasmin was next with only seven as the rest of the team struggled for form.

Centro Escolar was pushed to the limit by debuting Philippine Christian University Dolphins for their second victory, 86-77, last Monday (July 27) at the TIP-Manila Gym. Jason Opiso was the top Scorpion with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Unlike in the past three seasons, CEU is fielding its first team in the NCBL, including members of the CaféFrance Bakers that annexed the recent 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. The Scorpions have the distinction of winning the very first NCBL tournament in 2013.

In the first game, Manuel L. Quezon University barged into the win column after plastering Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 88-80. It was also the first win in a major competition for Coach Jino Manansala since he took over the program this year.

The Stallions again relied on the big plays of Dennis Santos and Christopher Bitoon to frustrate the Red Fox. Bitoon sank five triples en route to a team high 28 points while Santos added 24 points and nine rebounds as the Stallions improved to 1-1.

Paolo Quiminales paced EARIST with 25 points followed by Nigerian exchange student Ebuka Umeanozie with 10 points and 16 rebounds. The Red Fox of Coach Ringo Jimenez are still in search of their first win after three starts.

How They Scored:

First Game

MANUEL L. QUEZON (88) – Bitoon 28, Santos 24, Villegas 9, Lao 9, Aurelio 7, Ambulodto 6, Ignacio 3, Balidoy 2, Maglangcom 0, Caliguiran 0.

EARIST (80) – Quiminales 25, Umeanozie 10, Natividad 9, Cruz 8, Macuha 7, Perez 6, Laus 2, Bandalan 2, Pancho 1, Orticio 0, Martinez 0, Jimenez 0, Vinluan 0.

Period Scores: 13-19, 36-36, 61-60, 88-80.

Second Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (70) – Abundo 15, Ebondo 10, Opiso 9, S. de Leon 6, Arim 5, Celso 5, Telen 5, Anunciacion 4, Manlangit 3, Casino 2, Batino 2, K. de Leon 2, Jeruta 2, Vargas 0, Gallemit 0.

OLIVAREZ (44) – Bermudes 15, Jasmin 7, Singh 4, Labis 4, Bustos 3, Tomilloso 3, Saguiguit 2, Begaso 2, Solis 2 Magbitang 2, Madera 0, Sala 0, Navarro 0, Corneh 0.

Period Scores: 12-10, 31-17, 51-32, 70-44.

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Three Straight For SBC

NCAA Season 91     SAN JUAN City – San Beda College hurdled a major acid test as they clipped the University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 83-81, in an early meeting title favorites at the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) games at the San Juan Arena Tuesday (July 28). The defending champion Red Lions extended their winning streak to three games while the Altas suddenly found themselves in a two-game slump.

Art de la Cruz took the responsibility of lifting his Red Lions against the dangerous Altas by tallying 13 points in the first period and San Beda nursing the slimmest of margins, 19-18. However, it was the endgame heroics of Mychole Sorela that saved the day.

On top by only two markers, 81-79, Sorela intercepted the Altas’ inbound pass and was promptly fouled with five seconds left in the game. He calmly made both free throws to up San Beda’s lead to a more comfortable four, 83-79.

In an instant, Sorela nearly transformed from hero to goat as he fouled reigning NCAA MVP Earl Scottie Thompson as he missed a hurried triple with 2.9 ticks remaining. Sadly for the Altas, Thompson missed his first free throw but went on to convert the next two for the final count.

The Altas managed to grab the lead at halftime, 39-35, thanks to the efforts of Bright Akhuetie, Gabriel Dagangon and Thompson. Scoreless and preferring to act as a decoy in the first half, San Beda’s Ola Adeogun awoke just in time to pump in five points in the pivotal third period and together with key baskets from de la Cruz, Ranbill Tongco and AC Soberano restored the Red Lions in the driver’s seat entering the final period, 60-54.

“We played a great third period and that was the key to today’s win,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “I would like to congratulate my Seniors Art, Ola and Mychole for carrying the team today against a very tough opponent.”

True enough the trio produced eye-popping double-doubles as they battled the Altas’ imposing frontline tandem of Akhuetie and Prince Eze. De la Cruz had 25 points, 17 rebounds plus six assists, Sorela had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Adeogun added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

San Beda proceeded to erect its biggest lead in the game by scoring the first five points of the fourth canto, 65-54. Dagangon then bailed Perpetual Help from a possible blowout with three unanswered triples to threaten with seven minutes to go, 63-65.

Thompson was already taking matters in his own hands and put the Altas at their closest via two free throws at the four-minute mark, 69-70. Adeogun then responded with back-to-back baskets to restore breathing space for San Beda, 74-69.

Poor free throw shooting cost Perpetual Help the chance to reverse the outcome in their favor. Thompson missed four straight while Akhuetie two for four in the final four prior to Sorela’s game-winning plays.

“Their championship experience really showed today,” said Altas coach Aric del Rosario. In a key statistic, the Altas missed 13 of their 24 free throws.

Akhuetie led the Altas with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Thompson was next with 10 of his 20 markers in the final period to go with four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes of play.

In the Juniors Divison, the Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison remained perfect in six games by destroying the still winless Junior Altas, 85-61. Albert Bordeos led the way for the Red Cubs with 15 points followed by Robi Nayve and Samuel Abuhijle with 14 apiece.

Meanwhile, the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers continued their hot streak by downing the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 67-49, and stretch their winning run to three games. La Salle Green Hills arrested their two-game slide and kept the Light Bombers winless in six outings, 86-47.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (85) – Bordeos 15, Nayve 14, Abuhijle 14, Nelle 8, Alfaro 7, Lagumen 5, Barbero 4, Etrata 4, de la Rosa 4, Sese 3, Velasquez 2, Mahinay 2, Bonalos 2, Tagala 0, Samaniego 0.

PERPETUAL HELP (61) – Umali 32, Gelogo 12, Inigo 5, Deleon 5, Guinto 5, Rocero 2, Espeleta 0, Coloma 0, Bautista 0.

Period Scores: 18-19, 35-33, 58-44, 85-61.

Seniors Division

SAN BEDA (83) – de la Cruz 25, Sorela 15, Adeogun 11, Tongco 10, Tankoua 7, Sara 5, Soberano 4, Koga 2, Cabanag 2, Mocon 2, Reyes 0.

PERPETUAL HELP (81) – Akhuetie 25, Thompson 20, Dagangon 18, Coronel 6, Dizon 3, Eze 3, Tamayo 2, Gallardo 2, Cabiltes 2, Oliveria 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Sadiwa 0, Elopre 0.

Period Scores: 19-18, 35-39, 60-54, 83-81.

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Ex-Champs Panique, Raterta Retake Crowns

Big winners Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta receive their trophies from Coach Rio de la Cruz and MILO's Andrew Neri.

Big winners Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta receive their trophies from Coach Rio de la Cruz and MILO’s Andrew Neri.

#BuildChampions     PASAY CITY – It was like 2013 all over again as Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta emerged as the overall winners in the centerpiece 42.195-kilometer category of the 39th MILO Marathon Metro Manila qualifiers last Sunday (July 26) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Easily the biggest and grandest of all the weekly regional qualifying races, Sunday’s event attracted a total of 34,305 entries in all distance categories.

Panique stamped his class with a winning time of 2:37:44. Coming in at a distant Second Place was 2014 Naga leg champion Mario Maglinao (2:39:47) followed by Rene Desuyo (2:45:57).

“I hope to do well and try to win in the National Finals,” said Panique who will invest part of his PHP 50,000.00 purse in a sugarcane business back home in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental for the future of his two young sons. The National Finals will be held on December 6, 2015 at the SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Raterta had an easy time to clock 3:10:36, a shade under 15 minutes ahead of Second Place Criselyn Jaro (3:25:03) of Davao City and last year’s Lipa Leg champion. April Rose Diaz took Third Place in 3:34:02.

Aside from her win, Raterta was more proud of her 13-year old daughter Leonalyn taking Third Place in the five-kilometer category. The younger Raterta was also a consistent winner in the three-kilometer kiddy race for those aged 12 and under in previous MILO events.

Two years ago, it was Panique and Raterta who hogged the headlines in the same race. Raterta made last year’s National Finals after topping the Lipa Leg while Panique earned his ticket by winning in Iloilo.

Equally competitive was the 21-kilometer category wherein runners could also earn trips to the Nationals. Gregg Vincent Osorio bagged top honors in a fast 1:14:13 followed by Nelson Elejeran (1:19:11) and James Kevin Cruz (1:19:30).

Senior runners dominated the distaff side led by Atty. Victorina Calma (1:46:47) followed by Celma Hitalia (1:52:25) and Charlotte Garana (1:55:19). Calma, Hitalia and two others among the Top Six finishers were aged 40 years and above and all four were the only qualifiers outshining their much younger opposition.

A total of 203 men and nine women qualified from the 42.195-kilometer participants. The four females from the 21 kilometers will be joined by 46 males.

The number of qualifiers marked a decrease from last season but Race Director Coach Rio de la Cruz offered a quick explanation. “The elite runners are now choosing their races as it is advisable that one must ideally run no more than two full marathons in a year.”

Coach Rio also explained that a planned public works project along Gil Puyat Avenue forced organizers to discard the traditional ascent and descent on the Kalayaan Flyover going to and from Bonifacio Global City in favor of a second loop on Roxas Boulevard from Gil Puyat to NAIA Road. Despite the revision, the new course was certified and compliant with Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) standards.

“We are very thankful for the good weather,” said MILO’s Andrew Q. Neri. For the past week, Metro Manila had been beset by rainy weather, including a heavy downpour on the eve of the race.

We may not be as fast as the winners but we get the job done four years in a row and counting.

We may not be as fast as the winners but we get the job done four years in a row and counting.

The cast for the National Finals has more than doubled to 405 qualifiers. All of them will shoot for the right to be the official Philippine representatives to the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in the United States.

Next week, the MILO Marathon tour visits another city for the first time with the staging of a qualifier in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. For registration and more information, please contact Renel Medina at (0918) 547-4402 and (0917) 272-9534.

Other Winners: Eliud Kering and Jhanine Mansueto (10 kilometers), Kevin Capangpangan and Feiza Jane Lenton (five kilometers), Modrick Cuyom and Rayya Gwen Abellar (three kilometers).

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Olivarez Early NCBL Leader

NCBL_logo     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College assumed the early solo lead of the Fourth National Collegiate Basketball League (NCBL) by systematically turning back Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 59-41, last Friday (July 24) at the Olivarez College Coliseum. The Sea Lions under Coach Mike Saguiguit improved their win-loss mark to 2-0 and pace the six-team field.

Liberian exchange student John Corneh powered the rout with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marvi Bustos backed him up with 10 points followed by Pruvil Bermudes and Johnny Jasmin with seven each.

None of the Red Fox of Coach Ringo Jimenez could come up in twin figures. Paolo Quiminales led EARIST with nine points followed by Jervis Jed Bandalan with eight.

In the second game, Technological Institute of the Philippines trampled the debuting Manuel L. Quezon University, 66-57. The Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera improved to 1-1.

Starting slow, the Engineers of Coach Sebastian de Vera banked on a balanced attack against the predictable Stallions to turn the game in their favor. Veterans Jemuel Namocatcat and Joshua Alcober topped TIP with 13 and 12 points respectively.

The rebuilding Stallions under new coach Jino Manansala went exclusively to the pair of Dennis Santos and Christopher Bitoon but could not get contributions from the others. Santos finished with 30 while Bitoon added 17 for 47 out of the Stallions’ 57-point losing output.

The NCBL began with minimal fanfare last July 14 at the TIP-Manila Gym. The Sea Lions shocked the Engineers, 74-70, while the Centro Escolar University Scorpions toyed with the Red Fox, 85-54.

Eleventh hour entry Philippine Christian University completes the cast. The Dolphins signed up after defending champion Diliman College Blue Dragons and Enderun College Titans suddenly decided to forgo participation this season.

The six teams will play a double-round classification round. The top two teams will advance directly to the semifinals while the remaining four will go through the knockout quarterfinals.

The NCBL is expected to be concluded by September 1 with the holding of the winner-take-all championship game. Games will be played alternately at TIP and Olivarez.

How They Scored:

First Game

OLIVAREZ (59) – Corneh 15, Bustos 10, Bermudes 7, Jasmin 7, Solis 4, Labis 4, Sala 2, Navarro 2, Begaso 2, Singh 2, Andigo 2, Magbitang 2, Madera 0, Saguiguit 0, Young 0.

EARIST (41) – Quiminales 9, Bandalan 8, Montealegre 6, Natividad 6, Umeanozie 4, Jimenez 4, Pancho 2, Orticio 2, Cruz 0, de la Cruz 0, Galvez 0, Laus 0.

Period Scores: 16-11, 23-17, 34-31, 59-41.

Second Game

TIP-MANILA (66) – Namocatcat 13, Alcober 11, Medina 10, Pinas 10, Tumalip 6, Gomez 6, Alvarado 6, Ibanez 4, Akpuru 0, Akoronigo 0, Garcia 0.

MANUEL L. QUEZON (57) – Santos 30, Bitoon 17, Ignacio 6, Lao 2, Balidoy 2, Aurelio 0, Pangan 0, Caliguiran 0, Ambrosio 0.

Period Scores: 8-13, 26-23, 45-42, 66-57.

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San Beda Halts St. Benilde, 73-67

NCAA Season 91     SAN JUAN City – Defending champion San Beda College exhibited great form on defense to subdue College of Saint Benilde, 73-67, and notch their second win in a row at the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the San Juan Arena Thursday (July 23). The Red Lions improved to a 4-1 win-loss card as they prepare to meet the top tier teams in the coming weeks.

Deviating from their high-scoring style, the Red Lions focused on defense and held the Blazers to only eight points in the first period while scoring 20 of their own to set the tone for the game. San Beda then continued to pound the Blazers, racing ahead by as far as 19 points with 3:41 left before the halftime break on a basket by Alfred Sedillo, 35-16.

Suddenly, it was the turn for the Red Lions to turn cold as Alfonso Saavedra keyed a Saint Benilde rally upon resumption of the game. Mustering only nine markers, the Red Lions saw their once-imposing lead reduced to only two points after JJ Domingo connected on a triple just before the third period buzzer, 50-48.

“We thought it was over and we became careless,” admitted Coach Jamike Jarin. “Credit goes to Saint Benilde for the good defense they played in the third period.”

Collecting their bearings, San Beda opened the final period with an 11-0 run powered by the seven points of Jeramer Cabanag, 61-48. Still, the Blazers refused to quit with Jonathan Grey and Gerard Castor trying their best to carry the fight.

Castor hit a field goal just before the two-minute warning to bring Saint Benilde to their closest, 62-68. Back-to-back baskets by Ryusei Koga and Ola Adeogun neutralized the threat with Adeogun adding another free throw to restore the Red Lions’ twin-digit lead and settle the outcome with still 1:10 remaining.

“Jeramer is a good player, he was the go-to guy when he was still with the West Negros University Mustangs,” said Coach Jarin. Cabanag struggled for minutes and form last season as a rookie, stepped up as he engaged Castor in a fourth period shootout reminiscent of their meetings back home in Bacolod City when Castor was with the University of Saint La Salle Stingers.

Adeogun tallied season highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds, responding to a personal challenge from team manager Coach Jude Roque to show more energy. Art de la Cruz had another fantastic output of 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Grey led the Blazers with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a reserve role. Saavedra sank three triples to finish with 15 points and four assists as they dropped to 1-4.

In Juniors Division action, the Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison walloped the struggling La Salle Green Hills Greenies, 84-63, and stretch their unbeaten streak to five games. Nursing a slim two-point edge entering the fourth period, 56-54, the Red Cubs held their opponents to only nine points and the defense resulted in easy scores for Pedro Alfaro, Samuel Abuhijle and JM Lagumen to turn to game into a blowout.

Albert Bordeos and Abuhijle paced the Red Cubs with 15 points each and Abuhijle completed a double-double by hauling 13 rebounds. Ricci Rivero was the lone bright spot for LSGH with 28 points and eight rebounds followed by AJ Madrigal with 13 markers as they fell to 2-3.

Meanwhile, the Letran Knights assumed to solo leadership via a 79-81 thumping of previously unbeaten University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta. The Knights are now at 5-0 while the Altas entered into a tie with San Beda at 4-1.

In the other Junior game, the Squires escaped with an 81-80 victory over the Junior Altas in overtime. The Squires are now at 3-2 while the Junior Altas are still winless in five starts.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (84) – Bordeos 15, Abuhijle 15, Alfaro 13, Lagumen 11, Tagala 10, Etrata 9, Nayve 7, de la Rosa 2, Mahinay 2, Velasquez 0, Nelle 0.

LA SALLE GREEN HILLS (63) – Rivero 28, Madrigal 13, Malilin 11, Herrera 4, Manuel 3, Lanot 2, Joven 2, Magpantay 0, Pagulayan 0, Velasco 0, Pedrosa 0.

Period Scores: 20-23, 42-38, 56-54, 84-63.

Seniors Division

SAN BEDA (73) – Adeogun 25, de la Cruz 10, Cabanag 9, Sara 6, Tankoua 6, Koga 5, Tongco 5, Reyes 3, Sorela 2, Sedillo 2, Soberano 0, Mocon 0, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0.

SAINT BENILDE (67) – Grey 16, Saavedra 15, JJ Domingo 8, Fajarito 8, Sta. Maria 7, Castor 7, Ongteco 4, San Juan 2, Jonson 0, Nayve 0, Young 0.

Period Scores: 20-8, 41-28, 50-48, 73-67.

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San Beda Punishes Lyceum, 97-74

NCAA Season 91     SAN JUAN City – A wounded and shamed San Beda Red Lions side vented their frustrations on a hapless Lyceum of the Philippines University, 97-74, at the resumption of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the San Juan Arena Tuesday afternoon (July 21). The five-time defending champions returned to the winning track after bowing to the Letran Knights, 80-93, in their previous outing last Thursday (July 16).

“This is a good bounce back win but we have to learn our lessons,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “We really lost to Letran, they outplayed us.”

San Beda entered the court for the first time since national player Baser Amer was ruled out indefinitely due to an injured shoulder. Sans their top guard, the rest of the Red Lions did their best to pick up the slack.

Dan Sara returned to the active lineup and took Amer’s place in the starting unit. Suspended against Letran due to a dangerous hit against the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, Sara did a good job quarterbacking and hit a big triple that gave San Beda its biggest lead of the first half, 36-21.

From there, the Pirates hardly made a dent as Art de la Cruz, Donald Tankoua and Ryusei Koga continued to deliver the telling baskets. The lead stretched to as much as 26 markers, 97-71, with still 1:36 left to play.

Aside from Amer’s injury, Coach Jarin had to give limited minutes to Ola Adeogun who was hampered by a swollen hand. On the other hand, Lyceum had to do without exchange student Victor Nguidjol who was thrown out in their last game against College of Saint Benilde.

De la Cruz continued his amazing season with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Tankoua came off the bench to chip in 13 points.

Guy Mbida tried his best to make up for Nguidjol’s absence with 13 points and eight rebounds but he lacked support from his teammates. Wilson Baltazar was next with two triples en route to 12 points as they fell to 1-3.

In the Juniors Division, the Red Cubs of Coach JB Sison continued their domination of the Junior Pirates, 91-81. However, the game was a far cry from the previous four seasons where the Red Cubs would emerge victorious by an average margin of 91.8 points.

JM Lagumen, Addie Velasquez and Pedro Alfaro combined for 20 points in the third period as the Red Cubs pulled away, 72-58, to register their fourth win in as many starts. The Junior Pirates evened their record to 2-2.

Velasquez and Alfaro paced the Red Cubs with 17 points each. Samuel Abuhijle added a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Chester Jungco led the much-improved Junior Pirates with 16 points followed by Kobe Camacho with 15. Makki Santos added 12 points and 18 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Letran Knights maintained their unbeaten record by rallying to beat the San Sebastian Stags, 82-76, to go to 4-0 and a share of the leadership with idle University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta. It was the other way around in the Juniors Division with the Staglets holding off the Squires, 75-71.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (91) – Velasquez 17, Alfaro 17, Abuhijle 10, Tagala 9, Sese 9, Bordeos 8, Lagumen 8, Mahinay 6, Etrata 5, de la Rosa 2, Nelle 0.

LYCEUM-CAVITE (81) – Jungco 16, Camacho 15, Santos 12, Guadana 11, Cecilio 11, Cunanan 10, Salazar 6, Castaneda 0, Udal 0, Wong 0, Umpad 0.

Period Scores: 24-15, 44-41, 72-58, 91-81.

Seniors Division

SAN BEDA (97) – de la Cruz 22, Tankoua 13, Koga 12, Sara 11, Adeogun 10, Tongco 9, Cabanag 8, Mocon 6, Sorela 4, Bonsubre 2, Reyes 0, Presbitero 0, Sedillo 0.

LYCEUM (74) – Mbida 13, Baltazar 12, Gabayni 11, Lugo 8, Bulawan 8, Ayaay 6, Taladua 4, Malabanan 3, Alanes 3, Soliman 2, Marata 2, Lacastesantos 2, Sunga 0.

Period Scores: 27-14, 42-33, 70-57, 97-74.

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