04 August 2014,
FilOil-Flying V Arena,
Team standings W L
Letran Squires 6 1
JRU Light Bombers 6 1
Mapua Red Robins 6 2
San Beda Red Cubs 5 2
Arellano Braves 4 4
La Salle Greenhills Greenies 3 4
San Sebastian Staglets 3 4
Lyceum Junior Pirates 2 6
UPHSD Altalettes 1 5
EAC–ICA Brigadiers 0 7
Consistency is the name of the game for the Mapua Red Robins.
With five teammates scoring in double digit figures last Monday, Aug. 4, the Red Robins were able to swamp the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Concepcion Academy Brigadiers.
The Red Robins came away with a 92-57 smothering of the Brigadiers in their first elimination round encounter in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Junior Basketball Tournament.
(Mapua Red Robin Dennel Aguirre(7) tries to find an open man).
With their sixth win in eight games, the Red Robins improved their record in second spot, and they are ahead of the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs.
The Red Cubs are in an unfamiliar situation after they took a 65-70 upset from the San Sebastian Staglets last Aug. 1.
They dropped to third at 5-2.
The Red Robins and the Red Cubs are behind two leading squads, the Letran Squires and the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, who are in front with their 6-1 win-loss records.
(Mapua’s Emman Calderon(6) while in the act of taking a free throw shot).
The Red Cubs, who took a 65-70 loss from the San Sebastian Staglets last Aug. 1
I took time out to watch the game of the Red Robins. I got the chance to watch it after taking a break from my follow up on the resignation of Fil-German football player Stephan Schrock.
Thankfully, guys like Spin.ph’s Karlo Sacamos and Inquirer’s Cedelf Tupas(a resident football nut, if he is not an expert) were around to help me learn the why, the how and the when behind Schrock’s decision, and in their own little way.
(Mapua Noah Lugo (5) in a rebound battle with EAC-ICA’s Junniel Tayamora (7)).
Anyway, as I sat on the floor of the FilOil-Flying V Arena, along the borders of the hardcourt, I watched as the Red Robins run and run, and run.
The floor was slippery, and needed occasional mopping, because of water brought about by rainwater coming from incoming typhoon Jose is leaking from the ceiling (and needed the attention of NCAA mancom chief Paul Supan and commissioner Bai Cristobal who were watching from one of the four entrances to courtside with NCAA secretariat guy Jepoy).
The Red Robins hardly minded the wet conditions , and just kept pushing on.
(EAC-ICA’s Edlor Cayabo (left) passes the ball past Mapua’s Raymund Pascua(10), who reacts as the ball grazes his face).
-MAPUA RED ROBINS 92, EAC-ICA BRIGADIERS 57
The Red Robins hardly needed Dennel Aguirre in the later part of the game.
The six-foot forward from Taytay, Rizal struck hard early.
Tallying 21 points and 10 rebounds, Aguirre delivered 11 points in the first period alone.
Noah Lugo, another consistent teammate, also made his presence felt in the first canto.
He knocked in eight of 15-point output during that period.
Together with Aguirre, they led the Red Robins to a 28-13 advantage.
After collecting three fouls in the first 10 minutes of action, coach Randy Alcantara decided to sparingly utilize Aguirre, and Lugo too.
Two teammates, Raymund Pascua and David Velvez stepped up, combining for 11 points, and they widened the Red Robins’ advantage to 21, 49-28, at halftime.
(Mapua’s David Velvez(12) goes for a layup under a crowded shaded lane. Teammate Dennel Aguirre(7) gets ready to assist).
Emman Calderon, who is returning from injury, had his chance to shine in the third period.
The six-foot-four Calderon banged in eight of 16 points, and powered the Red Robins to a 34-point third quarter spread, 74-40.
Calderon, along with Jasper Salenga held the fort for the Red Robins in the final period, with both joining for 10 points, and they helped the team finish with a 35-point edge.
Alcantara said he reminded the boys that they need to respect their opponents with their game.
Doing so will keep them from being in the same situation which they experienced when they fought off the Lyceum Junior Pirates and won, 63-61, last July 14.
“Ayaw na naming maulit iyung nangyari sa Junior Pirates . So sinabi namin na respetuhin namin ang kalaban. Iyun ang nangyari, dumepensa nang maaga. Kaya ang intensity, tuluy-tuluy lang,” said Alcantara.
On the other hand, Junniel Tayamora topscored for 20 points for the Brigadiers, while Mark Castillo made 16.
Mapua 92—Aguirre 21, Calderon 16, Lugo 15, Pascua 12, Velvez 10, Salenga 7, Yco 4, Cabural 3, Enriquez 2, Bonifacio 2, Russel 0, Rivera 0.
EAC-ICA 57—Tayamora 20, Castillo 16, Cruz 8, Cayabo 7, Piopongco 3, Gentile 2, Justan 1.
Quarterscores: 28-13, 49-28, 74-40, 92-57.