Varsity Sports Updates (NCAA Season 90 Game Day Review)- Niko Abatayo gets his turn to shine; SBC Red Cubs 91, EAC-ICA 75 and other results

08 September 2014,


2     p.m.,

Filoil Flying V Arena,

San Juan


Team standings              W   L

Letran Squires               10   3

JRU Light Bombers       10   3

San Beda Red Cubs       10   3

Mapua Red Robins        10   3

LSGH                            8    6

San Sebastian                7    7

Arellano Braves             4    7

LPU Junior Pirates                  3    10

UPHSD                          3    11

EAC-ICA                       0    13


Niko Abatayo had a blast on a day that the San Beda Red Cubs were playing quite rusty in the first half.


His heads-up plays with Evan Furaque in the third quarter allowed the Red Cubs to pull off a 91-75 swamping of the EAC-ICA Brigadiers last Monday, September 8.


The 18-year old Abatayo shot 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Cubs, while Furaque unloaded 16 points and hauled down 10 rebounds.


(Niko Abatayo dribbles and gets chased by EAC-ICA’s Marwyn Catusalem (14) and Maui Cruz (6)).

Averaging 10.8 points per game, and 9.85 rebounds, Niko posted his highest output in 13 games.


Furaque, on the other hand, played above his averages of 13.08 ppgs and 6.15 rebounds.

The Red Cubs went on to pick up their 10th win in 13 games in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Junior Basketball Tournament at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.


(Evan Furaque(11) gets harassed by Edlor Cayabo (10)).

The 6-foot-1 Abatayo and Furaque were among the key ingredients to a running game which the Red Cubs unraveled in the third period.


Their fastbreaks yielded 10 points for Abatayo, and the Red Cubs widened a 48-43 halftime lead to 26, 73-57, at the end of the third.


“Sabi ni coach, takbuhan lang namin nang takbuhan. Focus lang ako sa defense, bago sa offense,” said Niko, whose older brother Van is part of the Red Lions.


(Maui Cruz (6) tries to shake off Marc Diputado (18)).

Their latest win allowed the Red Cubs to remain in contention for a Final Four semifinals seat.


Their 10-3 win-loss record kept them in a four-way for the lead with the Letran Squires, the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and the Mapua Red Robins.


By the way, Joshua Andrei Caracut just returned to action in this game, and after seeing action for the national under-18 team in the FIBA World Championships in Dubai.

(The Mapua Red Robins caught up with them last Sept. 10 after they walloped the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas, 96-52).


(Joshua Andrei Caracut (14), who just returned to action, in a loose ball situation with Jose Piopongco(4)).

“Wala pang pasok sa Final Four. Naghahabol pa ang Baste at La Salle Greenhills,” said coach JB Sison.


Sison emphasized the need for the Red Cubs to win all their remaining five games if they are to stay in contention for a Final Four seat.


The team, according Sison, was not able to practice well before the game, with the players having joined a retreat.


(High-leaping Kenneth Alas drives past Jose Piopongco).



Sept. 08, 2014 games


First game


San Beda 91—Abatayo 17, Furaque 16, Diputado 12, Caracut 10, Alas 8, Decapia 6, Bordeus 5, Velasquez 4, Abuhijle 4, Alfaro 3, Framil 2, Geralao 2, Etrata 2, Apolto 0, Zamora 0.


EAC-ICA 75- Castillo 20, Cruz 13, Cayabo 13, Montilla 9, Piopongco 6, Tayomora 5, Beduria 4, Catusalem 2, Ligot 2, Gentile 1, Baliquig 0, Justan 0, Dungca 0, Bacani 0.


Quarterscores: 23-19,  48-43, 73-57, 91-75.


Second game


San Sebastian 88—Ilagan 27, Magno 18, Navarro 16, Cruz 14, Mercado 5, Bonleon 4, Sera Josef 2, Ong 2, Miasco 0, Paclarin 0, Causon 0, Malamug 0.

Letran 83— Gedaria 25, Balanza 19, Villasis 11, Dungan 8, Gonzales 7, Ramirez 4, Caunan 4, David 3, Rubite 2,Magsino 0.


Quarterscores: 25-16, 37-32, 52-53, 75-all, 88-83(OT).


Sept. 10 games


Mapua 96—Yco 20, Concepcion 12, Victoria 10, Calderon 10, Aguirre 9, Salenga 8, Pascua 6, Velvez 6, Lugo 5, Bonifacio 4, Enriquez 3, Rivero 2, Russel 1, Cabural 0.


UPHSD 52—Neri 10, Villaceran 8, Chavez 7, Alarcon 7, Manaligod 6, Tan 5, Sison 5, Yaco 2, Umali 2, Balisi 0, P. Yaco 0.


Quarterscores: 21-12, 43-19, 68-33, 96-52.









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