23 July 2014

7:45 p.m.


FilOil-Flying V Arena,

San Juan

Team Standings


Letran Squires          4 1
JRU Light Bombers 4 1
SBC Red Cubs            4 1
MIT Red Robins       3 2
LSGH Greenies          2 2
SSCR Staglets             2 2
AU Braves                   2 2
UPHSD Jr. Altas       1 2
EAC Brigadiers         0 4
LPU Jr. Pirates         0 5

Guilmar de la Torre struck hard this time around.

He made his move at crunch time.

His two free throws off Enrico Ong’s foul came with 1.5 seconds left.

(Guilmar de la Torre(11) in action. He is being chased by Staglet Jasneth Causon. Guilmar’s teammate Mark Enriquez (10), gets ready with a screen).

Because of this, the Arellano University Braves escaped with 77-74 triumph over the San Sebastian Staglets.

After the end of the senior basketball action of the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association competitions, I took time out to watch the Braves play their game.

This was a few before disaster struck the 2014 PLDT Last HOME Stand, and right before Manila West of Terrence Romeo was to win the 2014 FIBA 3×3 Manila crown.


(Staglet Jeremy Cruz (7) is a rebound play with Arellano Braves Mark Enriquez (10)).

On that day also, Philippine Star’s Joey Villar, who has a blog called Sportsmaryosep, went under the knife for a kidney problem at the Manila Doctors Hospital( I wanted to visit him, but he had already left the hospital when I finally got to chat with him on Facebook).

Anway, a game in the junior division before I leave the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan in the evening always keep me from going home early.


The 5’8 de la Torre, who is from Mariveles National High School in Bataan, was feverish the last time I met.
On June 30, 2014, he scored a gamehigh 18 points on his first game for the Braves as they blasted the Lyceum Philippines University Junior Pirates, 88-59.


(Arellano Braves cager Karl Cabahug gets confronted by Staglet Lorenzo Navarro (11)).

This time, after the Braves bounced back from two painful losses to the San Beda Red Cubs and the Mapua Red Robins, de la Torre came up with 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and two triples.

But his performance was eclipsed by three other teammates, who had double digit outputs as well.

John Zamora, Maiko Juico and Primo Manoloto also did well with 21, 14 and 10 points to their credit.

But, with de la Torre, his charities before the game ended allowed the Braves to climb to a share of third place.

The Braves have now caught up with the Staglets, and they share the same 2-2 win-loss record with the La Salle Greenhills Greenies.


The Staglets were supposed to win this one.

Coach Franco Atienza had a chance to turn the tables after rallying from 62-73 down in the last 4:33.

Regile Ilagan and Jasper Ilagan, two of the Staglets’ crack outside shooters, were finding their mark with another perimeter marksman Lorenzo Navarro.

Their efforts, capped by Navarro’s two free throws in the last 2:14 on a technical foul called on coach Tylon Darjuan,

Another two off Ilagan’s freebies off Manoloto’s fifth came before that.

The extra charities awarded to Navarro came after Manoloto was cited for resenting the referee’s call on him. And Manoloto had already fouled out, coach Tylon was assessed the technical.

“Sabi ko sa kanya, pag wala kang bantay, kunin mo bola. Mapa-foul ka. Shoot mo na,” said Darjuan on his instructions to de la Torre.

Darjuan is kinda cautious about the officiating during the game.

“Ayoko na magsalita sa officiating. Mabigat eh. Lamang kami ng lima. Tapos, bigla akong na-technical nang ganun,” added de la Torre.

The Braves now have a chance to remain in third, and it will depend on their next game against the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas.

The scores:

First Game

JRU 98—de la Virgen 18, Garcia 14, Estrella 12, Dada 12, Agustin 10, Torre 7, Astrero 6,Deloria 5, Anonuevo 4, , Sta. Maria 4, Estrada 2, Abrigos 2, Ross 2.

UPHSD 65— Sison 15, Umali 12, Chavez 11, Tan 8, Alarcon 7, Neri 6, Villaceran 6, Manaligod 0, Yaco 0, P. Yaco 0.

Quarterscores: 23-13, 42-31, 75-42, 98-65.

Second Game

Arellano 77—Zamora 21, Juico 14, de la Torre 12, Manaloto 10, Enriquez 9, Cabahug 4, de Lara 3, Strait 1, Dulatre 0, Bataller 0.

San Sebastian 74—Ilagan 16,Paclarin 10, Magno 10, Navarro 10, Cruz 8, Sera Jose 6, Mercado 5, Malamug 3, Bardaje 2, Alfaro 1, Causon 0, Miasco 0.

Quarterscores: 28-18, 44-35, 63-64, 77-74.


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