27 September 2014,
Filoil-Flying V Arena,
NCAA Season 90
Junior Basketball Tournament
San Beda 14 3
Mapua 12 3
Letran 11 4
JRU 11 5
LSGH 9 6
SSC 8 7
Arellano 5 11
LPU 3 13
UPHSD 4 12
EAC-ICA 2 15
Joshua Andrei Caracut and Evan Furaque had a blast when the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs outran and outgunned the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 84-67.
They came up with their A-game last Saturday, September 27.
Both came into the picture in the first half as the Red Cubs quickly went down to business and began leaving the Light Bombers behind.
(Andrei Joshua Caracut (14) grabs possession and tries to shrug the defensive move of JRU defender Mark de la Virgen (7)).
They did not wait for the Light Bombers to settle down with their vaunted and fearsome zone defense.
What they did was go on the offensive right away with the running game and fastbreaks.
Caracut, who came up with a gamehigh 21 points, led a big attack in the first 10 minutes.
(JRU cager Patrick Anonuevo steals the ball from an off-balanced San Beda foe Niko Abatayo (5)).
The 5-foot-11 Caracut struck with 11 points during their initial stages of their offensive run.
“Nag-boom talaga ang game ko. Na-feel ko ang shooting ko,” said Caracut, who is the tournament’s no. 8 ranked scorer with his average of 14.57 points, and the top assist lead (3.79 per game).
The Red Cubs immediately assumed the lead, 22-9, and they never let go from there.
(Niko Abatayo of San Beda in a rebound battle with JRU’s Andrei Dada (9)).
Then, it was the 6-foot Furaque to assault the JRU frontline with his imposing height and heft.
He may be nursing a sprained ankle, but Furaque still managed to unload eight points in the second period, and the Red Cubs went on to widen their advantage to 25, 46-31, at halftime.
“I told the boys that I don’t want them to set up their zone. Just run and attack first,” said Red Cubs coach JB Sison.
(Norrish Decapia tries to find a way past JRU defender Christian Anore).
As things began taking place, and in a blur, the third period was already under way, and JRU top scorer Andrei Dada managed to hold out and bounce back from a scoreless second period with seven points.
But defense managed to hold him to two points in the final period, and Dada went on to end his game with 12 points, along with Patrick Anonuevo.
With their victory, the Red Cubs finished with a 14-3 win-loss record.
(Marc Diputado has difficulty getting past JRU’s defense, with Darious Estrella (19) about to get in front of him).
They are on top of the standings, and they have a game to go in the second elimination round against the Arellano University Braves.
This game will be on Saturday, and beating the Braves will allow them to secure the top Final Four slot, and formally claim a twice-to-beat incentive as well.
With their second consecutive defeat, the JRU Light Bombers have fallen from third place to fourth with their 11-5 slate.
(Evan Furaque going for a free throw shot).
The Light Bombers have a mission, it is win their Friday game against the Mapua Red Robins.
If the Light Bombers lose, the La Salle Greenhills Greenies will have a big opportunity to make it to the Final Four.
Now holding on to a 9-6 record, can easily make it to no. 4 if they get past University of Perpetual Help on Wednesday, the Mapua Red Robins on Oct. 4 and the Letran Squires on Oct. 8.
- The Scores:
San Beda 84 – Caracut 21, Furaque 14, Decapia 11, Abatayo 11, Bordeus 9, Framil 7, Abuhijleh 5, Diputado 4, Alas 2, Gelalao 0, Etrata 0.
JRU 67- Anonuevo 12, Dada 12, Estrella 11, Astrero 10, Dela Virgen 9, Garcia 7, Sta.Maria 5, Anore 1, Estrada 0, Torre 0.
Quarterscores: 22-9, 46-31, 66-47, 84-67.
Mapua 96 – Concepcion 25, Victoria 13, Velvez 12, Salenga 10, Calderon 9, Enriquez 8, Lugo 6, Aguirre 4, Bonifacio 4, Cabural 3, Yco 2, Russel 0, Pascua 0.
AU 75- Strait 21, Dela Torre 18, Zamora 9, Balbarona 8, De Lara 7, Juico 4, Clemente 2, Cabahug 2, Enriquez 2, Peralta 2, Dulatre 0, Manaloto 0, Bataller 0, Gonzalo 0.
Quarterscores: 19-14, 51-30, 78-48, 96-75.