Oct. 26, 2013
FilOil-Flying V Arena,
San Beda 18 0
SSC-R 15 3
LSGH 13 5
MIT 12 6
JRU 11 7
Letran 8 10
UPHSD 7 11
Arellano 3 15
EAC-ICA 3 15
LPU 0 18
The San Beda Red Cubs smothered the Arellano University Braves, 96-56, Saturday and duplicated a feat they achieved two years ago.
They finished their elimination round stint in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Junior Basketball Tournament with an 18-game sweep at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The last time they did it was in Oct. 12, 2011, when the Francis Abarcar-led Red Cubs prevailed over the San Sebastian Staglets, 96-68,
That year, they earned an outright finals slot, and with Britt Reroma still calling the shots at that time.
Same thing happened also when the the Norrish Decapia-led Red Cubs, now coached by JB Sison, repeated that feat at the expense of the Braves.
(Norrish Decapia in action, photo sourced from his Facebook page).
But, not only did they earn an outright championship berth and a thrice-to-beat edge, the Red Cubs also made it to the finals for a fifth straight year.
“Iyun pa rin ang goal namin. Ang championship siyempre,” said Sison.
(Note: the Red Cubs also finished with one of their big-margin wins for the season, a 40-point edge over the Chiefs, which is their highest in eight games after they routed the Lyceum Philippines University Junior Pirates, 108-60, last Aug. 31).
The Red Cubs saw action with Arvin Tolentino as the only player left of that squad from Season 87.
“Napa-advance lang (finals berth) kasi na-sweep. Kaya, straight to finals, kaya mas OK,” said Sison.
As a result, the other semifinal qualifiers like the Mapua Red Robins, the La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers and the San Sebastian Staglets will now engage in a stepladder semifinals encounter to make it to the championship round.
The second finals qualifier will have a twice-to-beat advantage.
The Red Cubs needed 10 minutes, or the entire first period, before they got their game going against the Braves.
When they did, they left behind a tight 21-19 first period lead.
They got past two lead changes in the second period, with Decapia leading the attack with seven points, and with mainstays Ranbill Tongco, Javee Mocon, Joshua Caracut, Tolentino and Franz Abude sparingly used.
With their second unit taking control of the game, the Red Cubs held the Braves to just 14 points and went on to take a 44-33 halftime spread.
“Hindi naman(on resting the first five). Kasi, iyung level naman ng mga play, kaya nila ang game, hanggang sa third group, I’m just giving them equal minutes. ” said Sison.
Tongco, who only played for 13 minutes, was briefly back in the third, making eight points as the Red Cubs widened their edge, 73-47.
– NORRISH DECAPIA’S GAME PICKS UP
Decapia usually average 6.2 points per game.
But his 16-point output during his 15-minute stint was impressive.
“Si Norrish, may laro. Nawala nung last few games. Nawalan ng confidence lalo na nung SSC game,” noted Sison.
He explained that Decapia’s game tapered off in their last three games, and after they beat the San Sebastian Staglets, 77-72, last Sept. 30.
Decapia made only three points at that time. (Boxscores available at https://pektuscorner.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/varsity-sports-updates-ncaa-junior-basketball-results-a-bigger-seasons-best-for-adven-diputado-as-sbc-red-cubs-go-15-0-other-results-list-of-best-scorers/).
“Parang 3 to 4 crucial turnovers siya. Gusto ko lang bumalik ang confidence niya for the big games. Kasi nasa rotation ko siya,” added Sison.
Striking hardest in the last period, Decapia hit nine points, handing the Red Cubs a 90-56 edge in the closing minutes.
The Red Cubs then ended the period with two triples from Marc Diputado, going into the final 41 seconds, allowing San Beda to finish with a 40-point lead.
MAPUA 90, EAC-ICA 67
Reenan Alafriz and Ariel Aguilar tallied 19 and 17 points for the Mapua Red Robins, who walloped the EAC-ICA Brigadiers.
This allowed the Red Robins to take the fourth semifinals slot with their 12-6 win-loss record.
They will start their bid to earn a finals seat with a stepladder semis showdown with the La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers.
Mapua 90- Lugo 17, Cabural 12, Villasenor 11, Calderon 10, Serrano 9, Pascua 9, Victoria 8, Aguirre 6, Velvez 3, Rivera 3, Russell 2.
EAC-ICA 82- Alafriz 19, Aguilar 17, Dultra 12, Bacarisa 10, Fandialan 4, Redido 3, Rafael 2, Piopongco 0, Cervantes 0.
Quarterscores: 23-20, 43-30, 73-48, 90-67.
San Beda 96- Decapia 16, Tongco 13, Caracut 12, Tolentino 10, Abude 10, M. Diputado 8, A. Diputado 5, Abatayo 5, Gumtang 5, de Villeres 4, Framil 3, Mocon 3, Abuda 2, Ancheta 0.
Arellano 56- Rivera 23, Juico 10, Rabusa 6, Paulo 6, Mascarinas 4, Zamora 3, Enriquez 3, Cabahug 1.
Quarterscores: 21-19, 44-33, 73-47, 96-56.