Aug. 12, 2013
FilOil-Flying V Arena, San Juan
Adven Diputado seems to know and believe that he has an inside track on a slot in team A of the San Beda Red Lions when he goes to college next year.
That’s the impression he gave me moments after he and Joshua Caracut struck hard in the fourth quarter, and led the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs to an 87-75 smashing of the San Sebastian Staglets.
Diputado, the team’s five-foot-nine point guard, tallied 18 points for the Red Cubs, who marched to their eighth straight triumph, and it came a day after long break.
“Gusto ko po sa Red Lions next year. Maganda po ang pinakita namin sa depensa kanina. Duon po sa man-to-man,” said Diputado when I caught up with him at the dugout.
This enabled the Red Cubs to remain as the only unbeaten team in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament, which resumed following an almost 15-day break caused by the staging of the 2013 FIBA-Asia championships.
They are now within striking distance of a 10-game sweep with two games to go in the first round at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
As for Diputado, he towed four others who had double-digit figure performances for the Red Cubs.
He scored seven points in the last canto when the Red Cubs made big efforts to move out of the Staglets’ reach.
One of two big triples in that quarter came from him, and gave the Red Cubs, 68-65, in the last six minutes.
In his last two games, Adven made 18 points when the Red Cubs won over the University of Perpetual Help Altalettes, 96-62, and 14 points when the prevailed over the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 90-54.
Red Cubs coach JB Sison said Adven is good prospect as point guard, and back up Baser Amer, who has two more years with the Red Lions.
“We’re planning to get him (for the Red Lions). Baser will be out in two years. There is no prospect yet in Team B, but there are good ones in the high school team,” said Sison.
Caracut hit 16 points, including a trey in the last 3:54 which handed the Mendiola dribblers their biggest taste of the lead, 76-67.
“It was close in the start of the fourth quarter. And it could have gone either way had it not been for Caracut’s triple. That slowed them down,” said Red Cubs coach JB Sison.
The Staglets, led by Rhanzelle Yong and Michael Calisaan with 18 and 17 points, fell to second with their first loss in eight matches.
They kept matters close towards the end of the third, behind Jasper Magno’s penetration with 16.7 seconds to go, 55-59.
– LSGH 79, Arellano Braves 55
Earlier, La Salle Greenhills (5-2) drew 16 points from Rasleigh Rivero as they waylaid the Arellano University Braves, and this allowed the Junior Blazers to improve their record in third place.
Rasleigh Rivero banged in 16 points and 11 boards for the LSGH Junior Blazers.
His brother Ricci he contributed 11, including eight in the second period.
A triple from Ricci before the first half ended helped the Junior Blazers gain a 40-28 advantage.
Michael de la Cruz made eight points, and unloaded two of his three treys in the third in leading LSGH to a 61-37 spread.
LSGH 79- Rasleigh Rivero 16, Ricci Rivero 11, Ramilo 11, K. Paras 9, R. Rivero 6, San Juan 6, Alcala 4, Abadeza 4, Rasheed Rivero 3, Lanot 3, Gob 2, Lozada 1, Barrera 1.
Arellano 55- Zamora 19, Balbarona 11, Paulo 6, Juico 4, Rivera 4, Gula 4, Mascarinas 3, Rabusa 2, Acsayan 1, Banal 1.
Quarterscores: 23-17, 40-28, 61-37, 79-55.
San Beda 87—Diputado 18, Caracut 16, Mocon 11, Tongco 10, Abuda 10, Abatayo 7, Abude 5, Gumtang 5, Decapia 3, Tolentino 2.
San Sebastian 75—Yong 18, Calisaan 17, Gayosa 14, Costelo 11, Magno 8, Navarro 5, Gatdula 2.
Quarterscores: 18-16, 33-31, 59-55, 87-75.