NCAA Season 91— Something to be proud off: Arellano Braves beat Letran Squires for better win-loss record than Chiefs

Standings as of July 31, 2015

Team                              W      L

SBC Red Cubs               6        0

MIT Red Robins            5        1

AU Braves                     5        1

SSC-R Staglets              3        3

LPU Junior Pirates                  3        3

CSJL Squires                 3        3

LSGH Greenies              3        3

EAC Junior Generals     2        4

UPHSD Junior Altas     0        6

JRU Light Bombers       0        6

The day after the Arellano University Braves came up with an 89-71 swamping of the Letran Squires, supporters of the school posted something near the gate of the Legarda campus.

The Braves have won a total of five games and lost only one in the junior division of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.


(Sign posted near the Legarda entrance of the Arellano University campus).

The win-loss record has exceeded that of the Arellano University Chiefs in the senior division.


(Letran’s Luis Montes tries to dribble his way past Arellano’s Roy Velasco).

After the Chiefs took a 68-77 setback to the Letran Knights, the Jerry Codinera-coached cagers suffered their second setback in four games.


(Kenneth Maneze of Letran gets a screen from Arellano’s Jayson Danas).

While the Letran Knights climbed to the top of the senior standings with their clean 6-0 record, the Chiefs fell to a three-way tie for third at 4-2 with the University of Perpetual Help Altas and the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.


(Shooting ace Guillmer de la Torre II of the Arellano Braves confronts Letran’s Elton Villanueva).

Going back to the junior division, the Braves are now in joint  second place with the Mapua Red Robins behind the unbeaten San Beda Red Cubs(6-0).

Guillmer de la Torre II is very happy again these days.


(Letran’s Kiefer Cordero goes after a loose ball with Arellano’s Jayson Danas).

For the second time around, he scored  33 points as the Braves got past the Squires.

He matched the career high of 33 points which he made when the Braves pummeled the EAC-Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers last July 14.


(Carlo Abadeza of the Arellano Braves tries to make a shot while being guarded by Letran’s Elton Villanueva).

Meantime,  the Red Robins, behind Michael Enriquez’s 27-point effort, defeated Lyceum, 76-64, to keep up with the Braves.


(Arellano’s Ira Bataller keeps Letran’s Jann Caalaman at bay).

-Play by play of Arellano-Letran game

It took time before the Braves were able to get into the groove.


(Letran’s Gabrielle Diaz in a rebound play with Ira Bataller. Another Squire, Justin Felomino comes forward to help).

And when they did, the fourth quarter was already under way, and they were slightly ahead, 57-55, at the end of the third.

First, charity shots from Lars Sunga and de la Torre put them in front, 60-57.


(Arellano’s Lars Sunga in a rebound play with Miguel Olis (left) and Kenneth Maneze(9)).

This broke them out of a 57-all deadlock, which came in the last 9:28, when Gabrielle Diaz drove in.

A layup from Carlo Abadeza, followed two freebies from Resty Fornis put the Braves up by 11, 68-57.


(Letran’s Jovito Tamayo gets caught in a double team from Roy Velasco (right) and Godwill Calapine (left)).

A triple from de la Torre and a layup gave then Arellano a 73-59 spread.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, hindi natin puede ismolin ang kalaban. Bilog ang bola. Hindi puede hayaan. Dahil kapag hinayaan, magkaka-kumpiyansa,” said Braves coach Tylon Darjuan over their win.

The scores:

First game

EAC-ICA 81- Castillo 27, Dularte 18, Boardo 12, Beduria 12, Baliquig 6, Anonuevo4, Kwong 2, Tapales 0, Matilde 0, Calara 0, Ligot 0, Mostoles 0, Calleja 0.

San Sebastian 67- Saliddin 17, Pacis 10, Canoy 8, Jabagat 7, Sisa 5, Tamparong 4, Agbong 4, Zulueta 4, Daabay 3, Arellano 2, Adams 2, Isidro 1, Pelias 0.

Quarterscores: 28-13, 36-32, 60-50, 81-67.

Second game

Mapua 76—Enriquez 27, Concepcion 14, Salenga 10, Junsay 7, Garcia 5, Yco 4, Bonifacio 4, Badillo 2, Velvez 2, Uson 1, Camilossa 0, Templonuevo 0.

Quarterscores: 24-11, 45-27, 61-44, 76-64.

Third game

Arellano 89- de la Torre 33, Bataller 14, Abadeza 11, Danas 10, Velasco 8, Tamayo 6, Sunga 5, Fornis 2, Calapine 0, Espiritu 0, Dularte 0.

Letran 71- Tamayo 20, Diaz 15, Villanueva 7, Cordero 7, Maneze 6, J. Villanueva 6, David 6, Caalaman 2, Olis 2, Felomino 0, Villarete 0, Montes 0.

Quarterscores: 16-21, 30-32, 57-55, 89-71.


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