29 June, 2015
FilOil-Flying V Arena,
There are new kids on the block, and the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs were in for a big fight with them around last Monday, June 28.
Germy Mahinay and Joshua Tagala spearhead the Red Cubs’ effort to turn back the Mapua Red Robins, 80-63.
They were among the most productive as the Red Cubs went on take the lead in the start of 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
(Germy Mahinay (12) tries to keep defenders Eugene Camilos(4) and Jasper Salenga(11) from getting the ball. John Lagumen(19) provides help).
Six-foot-six Germy Mahinay came up with aggressive plays under the boards.
Two ex-Red Cubs, Joshua Caracut and Norrish Decapia were around to cheer them on, and watched as Mahinay and teammate Joshua Tagala shot 13 points, but Mahinay stood out with eight big rebounds,
“In-encourage po ako ng mga teammates para maging ganun ang laro ko, at ng mga coaches,” remarked Mahinay after the game, and after he has cooled down and rested at the dugout.
(Joshua Tagala in a rebound play).
Mahinay, a 10th grader who hails from Sison, Pangasinan, took credit for baskets which allowed Taytay-based Red Cubs to move away.
His putback in the last 1:08 of the first period to handed the Red Cubs a seven-point lead in the first period, 17-10.
“Pangit ang laro ko nung una, pero nung dumating ang second, nakakumpiyansa na ako,” said Mahinay.
(Sam Abuhijle (16) finds himself in a rough spot with Jasper Salenga (11) and Romuel Junsay (18).
In the second quarter, Tagala’s drives allowed the Red Cubs to stay in front by 13, 28-15.
The Red Cubs are now in for their biggest mission since making it to the Palarong Pambansa secondary basketball semifinals under the Calabarzon banner.
The guys reached the semifinals of the 21st Fr, Martin Summer Cup.
(Alberto Bordeus tries to screen Mapua’s Jasper Salenga(11)).
This also gave them start in their quest of a record sixth straight crown.
“This is a good sign for us. Game 1 namin, at Mapua pa. Malaya pa naman at marami pang puedeng mangyari,” said Red Cubs coach JB Sison.
It was the Red Cubs first triumph over the Red Robins since they last met and beat Mapua in Game 3 of their best-of-three finals showdown last year.
(Mapua’s Michael Enriquez (9) tries to get two San Beda defenders, Mahinay (12) and Ry de la Rosa(11).
Ryan Nelle hit 7 point, including three treys in the remaining 7:06 of the second period, and this allowed the Red Cubs to take a 24-12 spread.
Another triple from Pedro Alfaro followed by Mahinay’s attack from inside the paint gave San Beda at 17-point spread, 36-19, before halftime.
Sam Abuhijle had 11 points, and was also dominant with six rebounds.
(Romuel Junsay(18) lays up off Ryan Nelle(10)).
His two charities with 5:43 to go kept San Beda ahead, 50-35.
Romuel Junsay shot 19 points for the Red Robins before he hurt his right knee in the third. Michael Enriquez and Jasper Salenga had 16 apiece.
The Red Cubs went on the share the early lead with the Arellano Braves.
Ira Bataller tallied 14 points and towed four teammates who scored in double digits for the Braves, who smothered the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 103-34.
The Braves held the Light Bombers to just 10 points in the second period and went on to post a 45-10 halftime lead.
“Maraming bagong player sa amin. Pinaghandaan naming ito,” said Braves coach Tylon Darjuan on their triumph over JRU, which is still grieving over the death of one of the cagers CJ Servillon last summer.
San Beda 80- Tagala 13, Mahinay 13, Abuhijle 11, Lagumen 10, Bordeus 8, Alfaro 8, Nelle 7, dela Rosa 5, Velasquez 3, Etrata 2, Barbero 0, Nayve 0, Bonalos 0
Mapua 63- Junsay 19, Enriquez 16, Salenga 16, Concepcion 4, Yco 4, Velvez 2, Bonifacio 2, Camilos 0, Badillo 0, Garcia 0, Uson 0
Quarterscores: 17-12; 36-28; 62-49; 80-63
Second Game (jrs)
Arellano U 103- Bataller 14, Sunga 12, Abadeza 11, Fornis 11, dela Torre 10, Calapine 8, Espiritu 8, Bontao 7, Velasco 5, Tamayo 5, de Leon 4, Dularte 4, Torrejos 2, Danas 2, Canete 0
Jose Rizal 34- Sta. Maria 13, Teirra 8, Baliad 7, Macompas 2, Carreon 2, Nazareno 2, Sicat 0, Tan 0
Quarterscores: 22-4; 45-10; 76-24; 103-34