Sept. 17, 2013
The San Beda Red Cubs are six games away from sweeping the elimination round of the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.
Two recent games brought them there, and they are almost sure of clinching the first of two finals slot.
Last Sept. 9, the Red Cubs came up with a 94-71 smashing of the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, they pulled off a no-bearing, 102-78, blasting of the Emilio Aguinaldo College-ICA Brigadiers.
With the two recent wins, the Red Cubs now hold the solo lead with a 12-0 win-loss record.
-San Beda 94, JRU 71
The Red Cubs quickly took charge right in the first period.
Ranbill Tongco played one of his above-par games on Monday, Sept. 9.
(Ranbill Tongco in action, photo sourced from his Facebook page, and Ozzy Lavina of Pula- “Thank you”).
Tongco, who averages 14.78 points, led with 18 points and five assists as the Red Cubs went on to post their 11th straight win.
Teammates Adven Diputado and Arvin Tolentino fired 13 points for the Red Cubs, and Norrish Decapia provided 11 for the Mendiola dribblers.
Red Cubs coach JB Sison said everything turned out fine for them right in the first quarter when they took a 29-13 advantage.
Their running game clicked right from the start, with Tongco coming up with eight big points.
“They were getting their shots on the run, and the JRU was kind of slow in that game. And the boys were sharing the ball a lot,” said Sison.
Sison noted that the Red Cubs registered a season-high 25 assists in this game.
When the Light Bombers went to their zone defense in the third period, the Red Cubs turned to Diputado.
Diputado defied the JRU zone with his attacks to the hoops, and produced 11 points as SBC went on to take a commanding 77-48 spread.
San Beda 102, EAC-ICA 78
Four members of the Red Cubs played above their averages this time around on Sept. 14, Saturday.
Tolentino, who is a part of the national 3×3 team, hit a gamehigh 21 points, and he usually norms 14.27 points.
(Arvin Tolentino in action. Photo sourced from his Facebook page, and from Ozzy Lavina of Pula-“Thank you”).
Javee Mocon can do 10.4 points and nine boards per game. He was good for 11 points during the 20 minutes that he was on the floor.https://pektuscorner.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/varsity-sports-updates-ncaa-junior-basketball-results-mythical-five-candidate-javee-mocon-provides-big-baskets-sbc-red-cubs-now-10-0-boxscores-of-other-games/
Tongco was at his best again and chipped in 14.
Finally, Niko Abatayo went beyond his norm of 7.13 points by scoring 14 points.
Together, they helped the Red Cubs get off to another great start, and take a 29-15 advantage in the first period.
Making 22 points off their fastbreaks, the Red Cubs maintained a 14-point spread at halftime, 53-39.
– What the rules say
According to the Final Four format rules, if any event a team finishes the elimination round undefeated, that team will advance outright to the finals.
The third and fourth seed will have a sudden-death game to determine the opponent of the second seed.
Then, the winner of the sudden-death match between the second seed and third/fourth seed advances to the Finals to face the first seed.
Previously, the first seed holds a twice to beat advantage in the Finals, and the championship would not be a best of three affair.
Since 2008, the finals was in a best-of-three series even if a team swept the elimination round.
Until 2010, the team which sweeps the elimination round will automatically go to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage and a 1-0 edge over their opponent.
Their opponent would need to beat them thrice while the team who swept the 2-round elimination will just have to beat their opponents twice.
Sept. 14 boxscores
Mapua 76 – Serrano 18, Lugo 11, Villasenor 11, Victoria 8, Aguirre 8, Pascua 7, Concepcion 6, Velvez 5, Cabural 2, Calderon 0, Magpayo 0.
San Sebastian 67 – Calisaan 20, Costelo 18, Yong 8, Santos 8, Gayosa 6, Navarro 4, Gatdula 3, Magno 0, Loor 0, Causon 0.
Quarterscores: 9-13, 31-30, 53-51, 76-67.
San Beda 102- Tolentino 21, Abatayo 14, Mocon 11, Tongco 10, Abuda 9, Gumtang 9, Abude 7, Caracut 6, A. Diputado 5, Decapia 4, De Villeres 4, M. Diputado 0, Ancheta 0.
EAC 78 – Aguilar 21, Redido 15, Alafriz 12, A. Piopongco 8, Fandialan 8, Bacarisa 6, Dultra 5, J. Piopongco 3, Palileo 0, Rafael 0, Francisco 0, Escala 0.
Quarterscores: 29-15, 53-39, 74-65, 102-78.
Sept. 9 boxscores
SBC 94- Tongco 18, A. Diputado 13, Tolentino 13, Decapia 11, Caracut 8, Gumtang 8, Mocon 7, Abude 5, Abatayo 4, De Villeres 4, Abuda 3, M. Diputado 0, Ancheta 0.
JRU 74- Adorio 17, Dada 11, Marcial 10, Estrella 10, Astrero 7, Anore 6, Abrew 5, Garcia 3, DelaVirgen 3, Pallares 2, Ordonez 0, Bautista 0.
Quarterscores: 29-13, 49-30, 77-48, 94-74.
SSCR 96- Yong 24, Gayosa 17, Gatdula 11, Calisaan 10, Costelo 9, Loor 7, Santos 5, Navarro 5, Causon 2, Ilagan 2, Sera Josef 2, Magno 2, Cruz 0, Alfaro 0, Beredo 0.
AU 73- Rivera 24, Zamora 16, Mascarinas 8, Paulo 7, Balbaron 4, Peralta 3, Gula 3, Rabusa 2, Banal 2, Juico 2, Enriquez 1, Acsayan 1, Cabahug 0.
Quarterscores: 24-18, 44-39, 68-58, 96-73.