17, September, 2014,
Filoil-Flying V Arena,
NCAA Season 90
Junior Basketball Tournament
Team W L
San Beda Red Cubs 12 3
JRU Light Bombers 11 3
Mapua Red Robins 10 3
Letran Squires 10 4
LSGH 8 6
San Sebastian 7 7
Arellano Braves 5 9
LPU Junior Pirates 4 11
UPHSD 3 11
EAC-ICA 1 14
The San Beda Red Cubs thrived on fastbreak points in the second quarter.
And Evan Furaque provided most of the answers as the Red Cubs went on the Lyceum Philippines University Junior Pirates, 90-76, last Wednesday, Septembet 17, at the Filoil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
With Furaque at the forefront with Niko Abatayo and Kenneth Alas, the Red Cubs secured their 12th win in 15 games.
(Evan Furaque (left) in a possession battle with LPU’s Generoso Cecilio).
Evan’s big game helped the Red Cubs move up to no. 1 in the standings of the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Junior Basketball Tournament.
After starting off sluggishly in the first period, the 6-foot Furaque dished out 13 of his 19 point tally in the second canto.
His efforts allowed the Red Cubs moved away from a close, 21-20, first quarter advantage.
(Niko Abatayo screens an LPU Junior Pirate cager).
Furaque, who hails from Davao City with Nikko Abatayo, averages 13.13 points per game, and 6.33 rebounds.
But his game that afternoon was off the charts.
As the Red held the Junior Pirates to just four points in the second canto, w Furaque held took charge underneath by scoring 13 during a 22-0 run.
(Kenneth Alas (left) wins a scramble for a loose ball).
This gave them a 42-21 edge with 1:35 left.
Unfortunately, Furaque had to slow down in the next period after he was meted an unsportsmanlike foul following a tussle underneath with Junior Pirate Makki Santos, who ended up with a torn uniform.
“OK naman, na execute naming ang mga plays na inutos ni coach sa amin, kaya kami nakalayo,” said the 18-year old Furaque as the Red Cubs went all out with their fastbreak game during the period.
(Norrish Decapia (4) grabs the rebound with Evan Furaque (11), and with Marc Castaneda (5) battling for possession).
-A Tough Season for the Red Cubs
Unlike last season, the Red Cubs are not alone in their quest for a crown, their dominance is being contested by the Letran Squires, the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers and the Mapua Red Robins.
Last year, they had a great season and automatically made it to the finals after sweeping their 18-game assignment during the elimination round.
Coach JB Sison is not satisfied with the way things are going for the Red Cubs even if they regained the no. 1 position with their win.
(Marc Diputado (18) collides with LPU cager Joshua Wong (12)).
“Delikado pa rin kami sa placing. Dikit-dikit ang standings. Matalo kaming isa, malaking bagay dahil malalaglag kami,” said Sison.
The Red Cubs, the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and the Mapua Red Robins are three squads which are working to make hard to make it to the Final Four semifinals.
The San Beda Red Cubs, who are having shaky campaign this year, are now sure of at least a playoff slot.
On the other hand, the Mapua Red Robins have missed their chance twice because of bad weather.
After team members cut their hair short to make a statement, the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers are now on a four-game winning run, and are turning out to be one of the big challengers the Red Cubs’ bid.
Behind them are the JRU Light Bombers (11-3), the Mapua Red Robins (10-3) and the Letran Squires (10-4). The La Salle Greenhills Greenies are also still in contention at 8-6.
Their record put the Red Cubs right on track for their sixth straight crown.
San Beda 90- Furaque 19, Abatayo 15, Alas 12, Decapia 9, Diputado 8, Caracut 6, Abuhijle 6, Velasquez 5, Geralao 5, Framil 2, Bordeus 1, Apolto 1, Etrata 1, Alfaro 0.
LPU 76- Menil 18, Santos 17, Jungco 15, Cecilio 9, Bautista 6, Castaneda 5, Wong 4, Lagman 2, Pere 0, Agdon 0, J. Agdon 0, Glipo 0, Romanes 0, Guadana 0.
Quarterscores: 20-21, 47-25, 70-50, 90-76.
EAC 80- Castillo 32, Montilla 14, Catusalem 14, Cruz 8, Gentile 6, Cayabo 3, Piopongco 3, Tayomora 0.
Arellano 75- Zamora 22, Juico 13, Strait 12, de Lara 9, Clemente 8, Cabahug 8, de la Torre 2, Balbarona 2, Peralta 0, Gonzales 0, Manalac 0, Dulatre 0.
Quarterscores: 19-all, 46-35, 68-52, 80-75.