NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball- The LSGH Greenies, Albert Bordeos and the rough road to the finals (part 1)

As the La Salle Greenhills Greenies enjoyed their campaign in the recent 2018 SM National Basketball Training Center National Championships, thoughts of their tough campaign in season 93 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) junior basketball wars came to mind.

03 Aug. 2017,


4 p.m.

Letran gym, Intramuros


(LSGH cager Albert Bordeos in action).

Their journey to the finals started taking a shaky turn when the Greenies posted their fifth straight win at the expense of the Letran Squires, 64-63.

Playing at the home court of the Squires at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran gym in Intramuros, the LSGH were given a difficult time on  Aug. 3, 2017.

First, it was the Squires’ homecourt advantage and the fans.


(Albert Bordeos waits for an opportunity to go for a steal).

And then it was coach Marvin Bienvenida’s decision to rely on new guys like Albert Bordeos at endgame.

And as the Greenies reached the finals and lost to the Nazareth School National University Bullpups in the fight for the Division 1 title, that particular game with the Squires come to mind.

It was one of Albert’s best games in the few games that he played for the Greenies that season.


(LSGH cager Joel Cagulangan goes against Letran’s Keith Peralta(5) and Keifer Cordero(7)).

The 12th grade point guard made 14 points behind Jacob Lao, who had 12 points.

This made Bordeos the third best player of the team, and that’s after he had a five game average of 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

At that time, Joel Cagulangan and Inand Fornilos had emerged as the team’s most consistent players.


(LSGH coach Marvin Bienvenida)

The Squires were leading until the last 5:42 of the game when Neil Tolentino connected, 59-56.

Then, the Greenies attacked with Bordeos’ penetration, followed by Jacob Lao’s drivng layup and Bordeos’ split sent the Greenies back up in the lead, 62-59.

The Squires had a chance to force a tie, but Neil Guarino’s triple did not find its mark.


(Letran’s Kiefer Cordero).

Then, Fornilos’ putback with 3:01 to go gave the Greenies a 64-59 spread.

With time on their side, the Squires continued pressuring.

They managed to score twice off attacks from Guarino and Kiefer Cordero, and Letran came close for the last time, 63-64, in the last 56 seconds.

It became scary for the Greenies in the remaning time after Bordeos turned the ball over, and then bungled two freebies in the last 17 seconds.

The Squires kept the ball in their possession and had winning chances until Laksman Ganapathy committed a passing error in the last nine seconds.

But they still managed to keep possession in the last four seconds after Bordeos to another turnover.

Luck was LSGH’s side in the final second when Neil Tolentino missed a long range attempt.

“Nawala ako sa rhythm. Nadala ako sa crowd,” said Bordeos in recalling the Greenies’ scary moments.

Coach Marvin said  they were just lucky in this game.

“We just got lucky. We just got lucky. Prior to that, we placed ourselves in that situation, that we just had to bank on one point. We had opportunities of securing and putting the lead some more with free throws,” said Bienvenida.









NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball: More on the best games of Kobe Camacho and the Arellano University Braves (part 2)

01 Aug. 2017,


12:30 p.m.,

FilOil-Flying V Sports Center,

San Juan,

When the Arellano University Braves picked up their second straight win last Aug. 1, one of the team’s new faces struck again.

But, this time, Kobe Camacho was not alone when the Braves went on to dispose of the Letran Squires, 86-79.


(Kobe  Camacho (16) in this file photo with Marlon Espiritu(13) and Aaron Fermin (11)).

Camacho got some help from another new find, big man Aaron Fermin.

Together, they bailed the Braves out of trouble in the last four minutes.

Because of their big efforts, the Braves went on to improve their record to three wins and two losses after five games in the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.


(Rey Domingo(14) with Ira Bataller (7) and Nino Tamayo (9) in this file photo).

Fermin struck with 26 points in that game, which saw the Braves moving to third place.

Camacho had 15 points, to go with the 14-point output of newbie Fred Segura.

After five games, Fermin began averaging 16 points and 16.6 rebounds.


(Aaron Fermin (11)).

On the other hand, Camacho normed 18.2 points after their confrontation with the Squires.

Camacho’s triple in the last 3:35 set things in motion for the Braves.

With the Squires close, 72-74, the Braves moved away 77-72.


(Resty Fornis(10)).

This triggered a 10-0 run that decided the fate of the Braves.

From there, Fermin struck thrice, in the remaining time.

His layup off Camacho’s assist, and his three-point play handed the Braves a 10-point spread, 82-72, in the last 1:52.


(Aaron Fermin (11) with Fred Segura (20)).


NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball: Vincent Cunanan and the best games of the Lyceum Junior Pirates

25 July 2017


12 nn

FilOil-Flying V Sports Center

San Juan

Early in the season, the Lyceum Junior Pirates were among the teams to beat in the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Junior Basketball wars.

There’s Vincent Cunanan, the Junior Pirates’ top veteran.

Averaging 23.8 points, six rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals after four games, he was one of the go-to guys in the Junior Pirates.


(Vincent Cunanan (18) is about to shoot a free throw).

When the Junior Pirates won over the Arellano University Braves, 95-85, last July 25, this team were in contention to make it to the Final Four.

Cunanan showed the way with 29 points, while his teammate John Barba had 16.

The Junior Pirates’  point production was considered as third highest output of the season at that time.


(Chester Jungco (29) and John Barba (10)).

On the other hand, the Braves came up with the second highest number of three-point field goals after four games in the season.

And that’s from seven out of 15 attempts.

The Junior Pirates then moved to a share of fourth position with the same 2-2 win-loss record with the Braves and the Letran Knights.


(LPU Junior Pirates Marj de Leon (5)).

The Braves, Kobe Camacho with 27 points, were giving the Junior Pirates a hard time until the last three minutes of the third period.

With the count tied at 64-all, the Junior Pirates took advantage of the Braves’ foul situation to move forward.

This time, Jungco, who averages nine points, went to work and penetrated.


(Chester Jungco (29)).

He scored thrice, first during their turn on possession, then on two turnovers, on an assist by Rio Ortiz and on one of two freebies off a foul by Rey Domingo.

This gave the Braves a 69-64 lead in the last 34 seconds.

In the fourth period, Camacho gave the Junior Pirates something to be scared about.


(Mclaude Guadana).

Camacho’s three-point shot brought the Braves close, 70-71, with 9:50 left.

After that the Junior Pirates reorganized and after Cunanan struck, they forced three turnovers, came up with a 9-0 run, and hit baskets on those opportunities they gained.

The Junior Pirates erected a 10-point advantage, 80-70.

The Braves tries to move close again off Fermin’s inside play, and two charities from Marlon Espiritu, 74-80.

But, Cunanan was there again. He scored twice on a pair of turnovers, and the Junior Pirates moved safely ahead, 84-74, in the last 5:57.

From there the Junior Pirates, fought to preserve their 10-point edge till the end of the game.












NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball— The San Sebastian Staglets and their first win of the season with the Lyceum Junior Pirates

(Notes: On Oct. 24, 2017, the La Salle Greenhills Greenies stood their ground in the second half. Drawing big plays from big man Inand Fornilos in the second half, LSGH overpower the San Sebastian Staglets, 108-82,  in the playoffs for the last Final Four seat in the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament. And so ended the Staglets’ quest to reach the finals. And this is  considered as their best season in four years).


21, July 2017,


FilOil-Flying V Arena,

San Juan,

8 p.m.


After three games in the season, the San Sebastian Staglets finally established their first win.


And that’s with an 88-81 beating of the Lyceum Junior Pirates last July 21 at the Arena in San Juan.


Five players established themselves as among the best, and among the most promising this season.


(Members of the San Sebastian Staglets in this file photo, with another opponent, the La Salle Greenhills Greenies. In photo are Romel Calahat (25), Neil Villapando (17) and Damiel(10), along with LSGH player Inando Fornilos (0)).

In this game, Bryan Pelias topscored for 16 points and eight rebounds, while Romel Calahat added 14 points and nine rebounds.


Neil Villapando provided 11 points and eight rebounds, while Damie Cuntapay shot 10 points and 13 rebounds.


This game was best remembered with the Lyceum Junior Pirates fighting their way out of a 15-point deficit in the last period.


(Staglets (Romel Calahat (25), Damie Cuntapay (10), Neil Villapando (17), along with players of the LSGH Greenies in this file photo).

The Staglets enjoyed a 72-57 lead in the last 7:14 after Calahat scored off a pass from Marty Espiritu.


Led by Vincent Cunanan with 32 points, the Junior Pirates rallied with a 13-2 blast.


Cunanan made six points during the rally, coming within four points when it was over.


(In photo are: Staglets Ameer Aguilar (27), Jan Timbacaya (13) and Neil Villapando (17).

Mclaude Guadana’s split charity saw the Junior Pirates, coming within four points, 70-74.


From there, the Staglets fought back.


And that’s when Calahat came up with big plays.


Calahat’s two charities off John Barba, and then his assist to Ameer Aguilar, who then scored in the  last 3:15 put the Staglets ahead by eight, 78-70.


After Guadana shot only one charity in the next play, the Staglets further ahead off Villapando’s drive and free throw with 2:42 left, 82-81.


Their 11-point cushion was enough to ensure the Staglets’ first win in three matches.






NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball: the Malayan Red Robins and their blowout game with the Junior Altas(part 1)

(Notes: Last Oct. 5, the University of Perpetual Help Junior Alas pulled off a 69-64 win over the Malayan Red Robins, 69-64, to avenge their first round defeat. It was a no bearing game since the Red Robins have already earned the top seeding in the Final Four semifinals of the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament with their 12-3 win-loss record. But their first round encounter with the Junior Altas was different. It was meant to prepare them for tougher games ahead).


(Will Gozum (right)).

Staying in shape  and going the distance seems to be the key to the defending champion Malayan High School of Science Red Robins’ bid to have a successful campaign this year.

That’s what the Red Robins have been focused on doing in the first round of the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.

Last July 20, their 94-74 swamping of the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas served as their way of preparing for a tougher game against the La Salle Greenhills Greenies.


(Warren Bonifacio (right)).

In that game, one of their bigs, Will Gozum, led the Red Robins to their third straight win at the FilOil Flying V Center.

He shot 19 points for the Red Robins, who went on to gain a share of the lead with the Greenies.

-Malayan Red Robins 94, Perpetual Help Junior Altas 74


(Mike Enriquez dribbling the ball).

In this game, Alcantara leaned on second unit players like Eric Jabel and Jeo Ramos to build up a small lead in the first period.

From a 8-all tie, the Red Robins first took charge off Warren Bonifacio’s putback for a 10-8 edge.

Charities from Jabel and Ramos, followed by a layup from Gozum in the last 54 seconds hoisted the Red Robins to a 17-13 spread at the end of the period.


(Joaqui Garcia).

The game was still close following a 22-all tie in the last 6:13 of the second quarter off Mike Enriquez’s charities.

With Warren Bonifacio now controlling the boards with Gozum, the Red Robins penetrated thrice in succession, with Clint Escamis capping it in the last 5:19.

This slowly out put the Red Robins in the driver’s seat, 30-25.


(Clint Escamis).

After the Junior Altas tried to come back from the last off a triple, the big men took over.

With the Bonifacio and  Gozum continuously backing up Escamis underneath, the Red Robins proceed to move away. In this last offensive run for the half, Bonifacio capped it with putback for a 41-28 lead in the last 49 seconds.

Coach Randy Alcantara said at that time, they are having difficulties with their adjustments. There are many tweaks being done. But they are contributing big time to the team’s overall performance.




NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball- The Arellano Braves’ ugly win and the rise of Rey Domingo


It was an ugly win for the Arellano University Braves.


They were struggling to catch up with the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers.


But, in the end, a prayer, a miracle, and a free throw shot from reserve player Rey Domingo made it all happen.


(Fred Segura).

Last July 18, the Braves pulled off a nearly impossible 80-79 victory over the Light Bombers at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.


This gave them their second win in three games in season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament.


On that same day, the Letran Squires drew 21 points from Kiefer Cordero and beat the Emilio Aguinaldo College Brigadiers, 85-81.


(Aaron Fermin (11) with Malayan Red Robins’ Carl Lacap).

Joel Cagulangan struck with 21 points for La Salle Greenhills and upset the San Beda Red Cubs, 82-78.


This put the LSGH Greenies in the lead with win no. 3, and ahead of the Mapua Red Robins (2-0).


  • Arellano Braves 80, JRU Light Bombers 79


(Kobe Camacho).

The Light Bombers were leading 54-61, when the Braves got their acts together and rallied.


The Braves’ big charge came after JRU posted their biggest lead, 73-61, behind John  Amores in the last 6:57.


A 13-0 blast led Nino Tamayo and big man Aaron Fermin cut down JRU’s lead.


(Marlon Espiritu).

A three-point play from Marlon Espiritu would tie match, 73-all, with 43 seconds left.


There would be three turnovers in the next instance, with Nino Tamayo scoring two, with the last on a three-point play, 78-73.


Their lead would go down to two following a putback and charity from JRU’s Javine Serrano, 76-78.


Fermin then kept Arellano ahead with his freebie in the last 2:58, 79-76.


But, a stuborn JRU side kept their ball on their side until Serrano sinks a three-point play in last 44 seconds, to keep the game tied, 79-all


As Arellano regained possession, Domingo cans one of two gift shots in the last 26 seconds off Carlos Sumabat’s foul.


“Kinabahan ako kasi first game ko ngayon. May sakit ako nung first two games, trangkaso,” said the 17-year old Domingo.


But, it was a scary moment for Arellano afterwards when  Fermin  got the rebound.


That’s because Fermin  turned  it over on a fumble in the last 24 seconds.


Serrano then took possession for JRU, but they turned the ball over in the last eight seconds after he missed and committed a miscue during an offensive rebound.


Even after Espiritu fumbled on his freebies in the last three seconds, the Braves still won the game after JRU ran out of time, and could not get a clear shot in the remaining time.


“Siguro, ang nagpanalo sa amin ay faith. Siguro depensa, na rin,” said Braves coach Tylon Darjuan.









NCAA Season 93 Junior Basketball- The University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas and the return of John Umali

(Note: the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas finished the first round with their 72-65 win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College-ICA Brigadiers. This gave them a 4-5 win-loss record, and a share of fourth spot with the Lyceum Junior Pirates and the San Sebastian Staglets. And that’s at the end of the first round).

For a year, John Umali did not play for the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas.

He was forgotten when the Junior Altas took in Barry Tobias as head coach.

Coach Barry, back then, did not bother to put him in the roster.


(John Umali).

And that’s even if Big John was named as a Best Defensive Player back in season 91.

He was so upset that he decided to leave school and transfer to de La Salle Zobel.

But, former UPHSD Altas head coach Boris Aldeguer did not have much playing time for him in season 79 of the UAAP junior basketball.


(Jielo Razon).

This prompted him to return to the Altas as soon as the season was over.

This time around, with Myk Saguiguit as the head coach, Big John is making his presence felt in season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.


(Errol Bongay).

And he made  his return to the Junior Altas roster worth it.


Last July 14, Umali showed a different shade of his game, something not seen before in season 91.


He shot the winning basket in the Junior Altas’ 79-78 triumph over the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers.


That was  the Junior Altas’ first win in two games.


Coming back from 15 points down in the fourth period, the Junior Altas finally overtook the Light Bombers, 72-69, off Jielo Razon’s triple with 3:42 to go, and off Umali’s assist.

In the next instance, Kim Siege and Umali scored in succession to give the Junior Altas a seven-point cushion, 76-69.


But, the Light Bombers still have some fight left in them.


Kobe Caballero, who hit 27 points struck twice in succession, before a putback in

the last 32 seconds by John Sicat saw JRU threatening by one, 75-76.


Then, a booming triple from Umali in the last 19 seconds kept the Junior Altas, 79-75.


Still, JRU kept coming back, and Caballero’s drive with seven seconds left still kept the Junior Altas on their toes, 78-79.


It was quite scary for the Junior Altas when Siege turned the ball over with a second left. But Sicat’s fumble before time expired kept the JRU from scoring a winning basket.