24 September 2014,
Filoil-Flying V Arena,
Team W L
San Beda 13 3
Mapua 11 3
JRU 11 4
Letran 11 4
LSGH 9 6
SSC 8 7
Arellano 5 10
LPU 4 12
UPHSD 3 13
EAC-ICA 2 15
Ricci Rivero and John Gob continue to provide a ray of hope for the La Salle Greenhills Greenies.
Their chances of making it to the Final Four semifinals are not good.
But the La Salle Greenhills Greenies have not given up hope.
(Ricci Rivero (white and green) tries to force his way past JRU’s Joco Estrada).
Last Wednesday, Sept. 14, they fought off the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 79-71.
Coming off a 20-day layoff, the Greenies posted their fourth consecutive win, and their ninth overall in 15 games in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball wars.
Rivero and Gob came up with the big baskets at endgame, and they helped keep the Greenies in fifth spot.
(JRU’s Andrei Dada barrels his way past Michael de la Cruz).
So far, the Greenies are two games behind of Final Four contenders, the Letran Squires and the Light Bombers.
Their loss to LSGH had the Light Bombers slipping down to from second spot, and into a share of fourth with the Letran Squires.
Both now have the same 11-4 win-loss records.
(LSGH big man John Gob gets harassed by JRU’s Darious Estrella(19) and John Sta. Maria.
“We are still continuing what we are doing. We are holding on,” said LSGH coach John Flores.
The Greenies have three remaining games.
And they can advance to the Final Four if they sweep their matches against University of Perpetual Help, Mapua and Letran.
(Promising LSGH big man Ian Herrera (5) drives past JRU’s Joco Estrada).
The Light Bombers were enjoying a 71-67 advantage in the last 4:56.
This was after Mark de la Virgen unloaded a three-point shot to put JRU in front for the last time in their very close encounter with LSGH.
But two triples from Rivero and a layup from Gob in the last 2:38 turned things around for the LSGH.
(Mark de la Virgen (7) gets screened by Luis Velasco (14) and Alain Madrigal (6).
They earned a 75-71 advantage afterwards
They forced JRU to four crucial turnovers in the remaing.
From there, two charities each from Amando San Juan and Gob in the last 6.2 seconds allowed LSGH to finish with an eight-point lead.
– A revelation in Ian Herrera
Ricci, the younger brother of Prince and Rasheed, tallied 21 points while Gob came up with another double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds for LSGH.
De la Virgen shot 24 points, including 10 points which allowed JRU to stay on top in the third period, 59-57.
Michael de la Cruz was good for 11 points for LSGH.
But the Light Bombers held him to just three in the fourth.
Coach Flores had something else up his sleeves after Gob got held to just four points at the end of the third.
He brought in rookie big man Ian Herrera, who had only nine points.
But Herrera proved his worth as Gob, who played for 27 minutes, was tiring out in the initial minutes of the fourth.
Herrera struck hardest After Darious Estrella put JRU ahead, 60-57, with his split charity.
A pair of layups from Herrera allowed LSGH to move up, 61-60, in the final 8:49.
With Gob having enough rest, Herrera then checked out of the game quietly.
“In the last nine minutes, Ian Herrera came up big while Gob was resting. He provided us with quality minutes,” added Flores.
From Ian’s performance, Flores found someone he can rely when Gob is 100 percent.
There words of praise on Ian, who was utilized much during crucial moments of earlier games.
“I was surprised. He was aggressive today. I think that mattered a lot. We can’t rely on Gob playing more than 30 minutes per game. He needs to be rested,” noted Flores.
Sept. 26, 2014 Games
SSC-R 77 – Cruz 22, Magno 13, Ilagan 10, Navarro 9, Causon 6, Bonleon 5, Mercado 5, Sera Josef 4, Bardaje 3, Alfaro 0, Malamug 0, Miasco 0, Padigdig 0.
LPU 72 – Guadaña 20, Cecilio 18, Santos 16, Castaneda 6, Menil 6, Bautista 3, Lagman 2, Jungco 1, Agdon Jass. 0, Glipo 0, Pere 0, Wong 0.
Quarterscores: 18-17, 40-28, 61-47, 77-72.
EAC-ICA 85 – Castillo 18, Cayabo 15, Piopongco 13, Montilla 12, Cruz 12, Tayomora 11, Catusalem 2, Gentile 2, Baliquig 0, Beduria 0, Dungca 0, Justan 0.
UPHSD 82 – Chavez 21, Villaceran 18, Sison 16, Alarcon 11, Umali 7, Tan 4, Manaligod 3, Yaco 2, Neri 0.
Quarterscores: 12-16, 28-37, 57-62, 85-82
Sept. 24, 2014 games
CSB 79- Rivero 21, Gob 20, Dela Cruz 11, Madrigal 10, Herrera 9, San Juan 6, Velasco 2, Bunyi 0, Salonga 0, Pagulayan 0, Alcala 0.
JRU 71 — Dela Virgen 24, Estrella 14, Garcia 12, Dada 8, Sta Maria 4, Estrada 4, Astrero 3, Anonuevo 2.
Quarterscores: 16-17, 36-38, 57-59, 79-71.
Letran 85 – Dungan 15, Balanza 15, Rubite 13, Ramirez 12, Gedaria 11, David 6, Caunan 4, Magsino 4, Gonzales 3, Villasis 2, M,arasigan 0, Dava 0.
Arellano 70 – Zamora 22, Cabahug 12, De Lara 11, Strait 10, Juico 7, Balbarona 3, Peralta 3, Bataller 2, Enriquez 0, Manaloto 0.
Quarters: 14-17, 38-33, 64-49,85-70.