06 October 2014,
Filoil-Flying V Arena,
NCAA Season 90
Junior Basketball Tournament
San Beda Red Cubs 15 3
Mapua Red Robins 15 3
Letran Squires 12 5
JRU Light Bombers 12 5
LSGH Greenies 10 7
SSC Staglets 10 8
Arellano Braves 5 12
LPU Junior Pirates 4 13
UPHSD Altalettes 3 15
EAC-ICA Brigadiers 2 16
The road to the Final Four semifinals was over for the La Salle Greenhills Greenies on October 6, Monday.
Both the Mapua Red Robins and the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers made sure that the Greenies’ bid will no longer prosper in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.
First, the Mapua Red Robins played a guessing game with the Greenies in the final period.
(The Mapua Red Robins are all smiles after their win over the LSGH Greenies).
Five of six key players were in the groove that afternoon.
And the team’s balanced scoring allowed them to put away the Greenies, 82-75.
– Mapua Red Robin 82, LSGH 75
David Velvez overcame back problems as he joined four other teammates in scoring in double digits.
(David Velvez in the act of shooting a free throw).
Coming off the bench in the third period, Velvez had 12 points, including a driving layup in the last 2:43 which gave the Red Robins a 76-69 lead in the ensuing play.
His steal off Breo Bunyi in the last 13.4 seconds led to another layup which allowed the Red Robins to enjoy a five-point cushion at endgame.
(The LSGH Greenies singing their school anthem).
“Pinilit ko na lang. Gusto ko kasing manalo ang team at makakuha ng advantage sa Final Four,” said the 18-year old Velvez.
(Noah Lugo in action).
The Greenies were able to come close for the last in the last 6:05.
Ricci Rivero had 23 points, including a drive with allowed LSGH to threaten by three, 67-70.
After two turnovers, the Red Robins found a chance to move away off Sherwin Concepcion, who hit a fadeaway with 4:54 to go.
(Michael Enriquez dribbles his way past Luis Velasco (14)).
This gave the Red Robins a 72-67 lead in the next instance.
Concepcion once again showed the way for the Red Robins with 17 points, while teammates Noah Lugo and Michael Enriquez tallied 14. Laurenz Victoria had 12 with Velvez.
“Balanced ang scoring kaya maganda ang resulta. Hindi nila alam kung sino ang gagawa at iiskor,” remarked Red Robins coach Randy Alcantara.
(Ricci Rivero(9) drives his way to a basket, and past Mapua’s Ronald Pascua (10), Sherwin Concepcion (18) and John Gob (12)).
Because of this, Red Robins formally clinched the second twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four semifinals. At the same time, their 15th win in 18 games came at the end of their second round assignment.
They tied the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs in the lead, and they Red Robins will meet them on Friday in a playoff for no. 1 and 2 seedings.
They helped ease the Greenies out of contention, and after LSGH absorbed their seventh loss in 17 matches.
(Sherwin Concepcion (18) grabs possession away from John Gob(12), and with teammate Noah Lugo helping him out.
With still a game left in the Greenies’ schedule, they dropped to fifth spot.
The Greenies were still hopeful after that.
But, six hours later, the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers formally shut the door on the Greenies with their 99-83 overtime win over the San Sebastian Staglets.
(Mapua’s Laurenz Victoria(4) tries to get away from LSGH defender Amando San Juan(18)).
The Light Bombers ended the elims with a 12-6 win-loss slate, and in fourth spot behind the Letran Squires.
Games Oct. 05, Monday
JRU 99 – Estrella 29, Dela Virgen 23, Dada 17, Garcia 14, Astrero 8, Estrada 4, Anonuevo 2, Abrigos 2, Anore 0, StaMaria 0.
SSCR 83- Navarro 23, Cruz 18, Ilagan 15, Magno 12, Sera Josef 10, Mercado 2, Alfaro 2, Paclarin 1, Bonleon 0, Malamug 0, Causon 0, Miasco 0.
Quarterscores: 18-26, 44-39, 60-53, 81-81, 99-83 (OT)
Mapua 82- Concepcion 17, Lugo 14, Enriquez 14, Victoria 12, Velvez 12, Aguirre 6, Pascua 5, Bonifacio 2, Calderon 0, Salenga 0, Cabural 0.
LSGH 75 – Rivero 23, San Juan 17, Dela Cruz 10, Salonga 9, Gob 7, Madrigal 5, Herrera 2, Velasco 2, Bunyi 0, Pagulayan 0, Alcala 0.
Quarterscores: 25-11, 43-29, 58-53, 82-75.