29 September 2014,
Filoil-Flying V Arena,
NCAA Season 90
Junior Basketball Tournament
San Beda 14 3
Mapua 13 3
Letran 11 5
JRU 11 5
LSGH 9 6
SSC 8 7
Arellano 5 11
LPU 3 13
UPHSD 4 12
EAC-ICA 2 15
Sherwin Concepcion is getting in the groove these days.
The six-foot-two Concepcion contributed big time in two of the Mapua Red Robins’ three crucial wins and eventual qualification for at least a playoff for Final Four semifinals berth in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.
First, a week ago on September 22, Monday, Concepcion was in a slump.
(Sherwin Concepcion screens Letran Squires cager Rhayniel David (14)).
The six-foot-two Concepcion had only two points and two rebounds when the Red Robins smothered the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Concepcion Academy Brigadiers, 80-52.
His poor showing came two hours after a bench-clearing incident marred the no-bearing encounter between the Mapua Cardinals and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in the senior division.
As a result, a total of 17 players from both sides were suspended.
(David Velvez (12) hits a layup after evading Letran’s Jerus Ramirez (6)).
At that time, David Velvez and Michael Enriquez took charge for the Red Robins with 15 and 12 for the Red Robins.
Then, Sherwin got out of his hump.
He scored a careerhigh 25 points and eight rebounds when the Red Robins won a washed-out, interrupted and rescheduled game with the Arellano University Braves, 96-75, last Saturday.
(Letran’s Jerrick Balanza chases down Mapua’s Laurenz Victoria).
Last Monday, he led the way 18 points and 11 rebounds when the Red Robins brushed past the Letran Squires, 62-42.
“Una, first and second quarter, relax lang kami. Pero kinausap kami ni coach na kailangan nang lumamang kami hanggang fourth quarter,” said the 17-year old Concepcion after their game with the Squires.
And now, with the Red Robins now playing in another reliable guy around, they have earned themselves the second Final Four semifinals slot with their 13-3 win-loss record.
(Mapua’s Dennel Aguirre gets in the middle of screen by Letran teammates Jerus Ramirez (6) and Tommy Gedaria (9)).
Their game came after the Letran Knights won by fortfeiture over the Mapua Cardinals in the seniors divisions.
This is because many players of the Cards were serving various counts of suspension for their involvement in the bench-clearing incident.
As for the Red Robins team, they are in the stage of the elimination where they can’t afford to start fights, get involved in one, or have their games forfeited.
(Mapua’s Ronald Pascua dribbles away from Letran’s Tommy Gedaria).
- Play by play
The Squires were slightly ahead, 25-21, in the second quarter when the Red Robins’ offense began stirring to life.
Back-to-back baskets from Dennel Aguirre tied the contest 25-all, for the second time in the last 3:50.
Velvez, who tallied 16 points, then put Mapua ahead, 27-25, before Tommy Gedaria replied for the Squires with another drive for the game’s third and last deadlock at 27-all.
(Letran’s Johan Rubite in action, with Mapua’s Jasper Salenga (left) and Laurenz Victoria (4) double teaming him).
Aguirre’s deadlock-shattering triple followed by Michael Enriquez’s layup then touched off 14-3 blast in the ensuing play.
Concepcion capped this run with a triple, and Mapua was never in trouble after they took a 41-30 spread in the remaining 2:18.
They then maintained their lead in the last period.
They held the Squires to just six points in the remaining 10 minutes as after the Red Robins began double teaming and shutting down prolific scorers Jerrick Balanza, Gedaria and Johann Rubite.
“Tumama ang defense namin, tumama ang game plan namin. Tapos nakabitaw at naging blowout na ang score sa fourth quarter,” said Red Robins coach Randy Alcantara.
With their 13th win in 16 games, the Red Robins have assured themselves of a playoff for the Final Four semifinals slot.
The Squires have dropped from third to fourth with their 9-5 win-loss record, which they share with the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers.
They have two remaining games, and the Red Robins need to get past La Salle Greenhills and the Light Bombers to secure the second twice-to-beat incentive.
SSC-R 91 – Magno 27, Cruz 24, Ilagan 22, Bonleon 7, Navarro 6, Causon 3, Mercado 2, Alfaro 0, Paclarin 0, Malamug 0, Padigdig 0, Sera Josef 0, Miasco 0, Ong 0.
EAC 80 – Cruz 16, Castillo 15, Montilla 15, Tayomora 12, Cayabo 10, Piopongco 6, Beduria 4, Catusalem 2, Baliquig 0, Falcon 0, Gentile 0, Justan 0, Dungca 0, Ligot 0, Bacani 0.
Quarterscores: 20-23, 42-37, 56-57, 91-80.
MIT 62 – Concepcion 18, Velvez 16, Aguirre 15, Pascua 3, Cabural 2, Calderon 2, Enriquez 2, Salenga 2, Victoria 2, Bonifacio 0.
CSJL 42 – Gedaria 12, Balanza 10, Rubite 7, Dungan 4, Ramirez 4, David 3, Magsino 2, Caunan 0, Gonzales 0, Villasis 0.
Quarterscores: 6-14, 21-23, 45-36, 62-42