20 August 2014,
FilOil-Flying V Arena,
NCAA Season 90 Junior
San Beda Red Cubs 8 2
Letran Squires 7 2
JRU Light Bombers 7 2
Malayan Red Robins 7 3
San Sebastian Staglets 6 4
La Salle Greenhills Greenies 4 5
Arellano Braves 4 6
Lyceum Junior Pirates 2 7
UPHSD Altalettes 2 7
EAC–ICA Brigadiers 0 9
- SSC Staglets 70, Arellano Braves 67
The San Sebastian Staglets relied on their free throw shooting to repulse the Arellano University Braves, 70-67, last Mondat the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Jasper Magno converted two in the last 13.4 seconds, while Batang Gilas-under 17 standout Lorenzo Navarro banged in one of two in the final 3.2 seconds.
This sealed the fate of the Staglets in the ongoing 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament at the FilOil-Flying V Arena.
(Jeremy Cruz (left) is in a possession battle with Arellano scoring ace Guilmer de la Torre (11).
It was the Staglets fourth straight win, and they now have a 6-4 win-loss record.
The Braves rallied back from 53-58 down in the last period.
Two charities from John Zamora in the last 6:04 capped their run, and tied the game, 60-all.
(Arellano Braves Maiko Juico(14) goes for a screen against Regille Ilagan (11)).
After a 62-all tie ensued off Magno’s layup with 4:13 left, the Braves grabbed the upperhand, off Guilmer de la Torre’s attack.
With the Braves ahead, 64-62, the Staglets went on the offensive.
Navarro canned in a charity, while Jeremy Cruz charged past Jason Strait for basket, and Magno went for a layup.
(Regille Ilagan(7) about to shoot a free throw).
Their plays allowed the Staglets to take a 67-64 lead with 1:23 to go.
De la Torre tried to keep the game close, but he bungled his charity attempts.
In the next possession, Strait knocked in a three-point play to the contest for the last time, 67-all, and with 1:02 to go.
- Significance of the win
(Jasper Magno(9) tries to dribble his way past Braves cager Robert Clemente(6)).
Their latest victory came hours after the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs pulled off a 67-63 stopping of the Mapua Red Robins.
With Marc Diputado showing the way with 15 points, the Red Cubs climbed up to the solo lead with their 8-2 win-loss record.
As a result, the Staglets was dragged down from second place to fourth, while the Braves drifted down to sixth with their 4-6 slate.
(Arellano Braves Jason Strait(13) in a rebound play with Chester Sera Josef(15)).
Coach Franco Atienza is happy with the way things are going for the Staglets.
They are now on a roll, and are experiencing a four-game winning run.
Their run of victories began after they stumbled into a series of two losses to the Arellano University Braves, 73-77, last July 23, and the Mapua Red Robins, 81-89,on July 28.
In the first round, it began when they surprised the multi-titled San Beda Red Cubs with a 70-65 upset on Aug. 1.
Then, they followed it up with a 72-66 win over the Lyceum Junior Pirates last Aug. 6.
After that, they came up with a closely-fought, 81-80 triumph over the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Concepcion Academy Brigadiers last Aug. 11.
He believes that season 90 is tight. And having a four-game winning run is a “luxury” that they enjoy having at the moment.
“In this kind of tournament, you get a four-game winning streak, that’s a luxury. And, we’re very thankful for that,” said Atienza as he and team were heading for the dugout.
Another luxury is coming their way this Friday.
Whoever wins between the fight between the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers will gain a share of first place with the Red Cubs.
The loser, on the other hand, will find the Mapua Red Robins in their company in second spot.
Again, as a result, the Staglets will find themselves drifting upwards, from fourth to third place.
With the free ride towards the top of the standings in store for the Staglets, all they need to do is post another upset over the Red Cubs when they collide anew on Monday.
A much-needed fifth consecutive triumph will allow the Staglets the luxury of continuous upward drift in the standings.