(as of Sept. 4, 2015)
SBC Red Cubs 12 0
MIT Red Robins 10 1
LPU Junior Pirates 9 3
AU Braves 8 4
EAC Junior Generals 6 6
LSGH Greenies 6 6
CSJL Squires 4 8
SSC-R Staglets 3 9
JRU Light Bombers 1 10
UPHSD Junior Altas 0 12
(members of the EAC-ICA Brigadiers and the La Salle Greenhills Greenies shake hands and hug each other following a game last Friday. Sept. 4).
Veteran photographer Dante Peralta (Spin.ph) joined me as I witnessed an unfolding event last Friday.
He was teaching me how to focus and take close up shots, picked a scene concerning players involved in big scramble for a loose ball, and falling on the ground during a chase in the final minutes of the game.
(C-Jay Boado goes for a jumper).
It was happening in front of us. On manual mode, he took a photo or 2, while me in autofocus mode, I must have, but not as fast, I guess.
Anyway, as we sat on the floor at the edge of the court, I was shaking my head as I watched it happen.
(Members of the EAC-ICA Brigadiers whoop it up after the team posts a shock win over the LSGH Greenies).
Nobody thought that the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers would go this far in season 91 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.
But, after they stunned the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 75-68, last Friday, Sept. 4, things seems to be turning around for the Brigadiers when action ended at the Arena in San Juan.
(Roland Baliquig in action).
They are now in contention for the Final Four semifinals. Both now share the same 6-6 win-loss record in fifth place. And this early in the second, anything can still happen.
The last time the Brigadiers were in contention for the semis was season 87, way back in 2011.
(Coach Ariel Sison and his assistant coach confer during the game).
That year, the San Beda Red Cubs were automatic finalists.
After finishing fourth with a 12-6 win-loss record, the Greenies knocked them out of contention with an 88-74 win in the first knockout playoffs.
(Angelo Beduria dribbles towards the midcourt line).
- EAC-ICA 75, LSGH 68
Right in the first period, the Brigadiers showed how ready they were.
(LSGH coach John Flores and his assistant coach react to a situation taking place inside the court).
Defying the Greenies’ inside game, the Brigadiers turned to their outside shooting.
They unloaded five triples out of a total of eight to take a nine-point lead in the last 3:15 of the first 10 minutes.
(EAC-ICA’s Kerby Dulatre in an 1-on-1 with LSGH cager Alain Madrigal).
And it was, big man C-Jay Boado, who led with 19 points, handed the Brigadiers a 19-10 edge.
“Talagang pinaghandaan naming ang game na ito,” said Brigadiers coach Ariel Sison.
In the second quarter, it was Kebry Dularte’s turn to shine.
Dularte, who norms 13.42 points per game, struck with three triples to help keep the Brigadiers out of reach by 20 during another big run, this time in the second quarter.
John Mallillin (11) of LSGH gets chased down by EAC-ICA’s Mau Cruz).
Edgar Tapales, who made only two points, capped this run with a layup in the last 37 seconds, and the Brigadiers went on to gain a 49-27 halftime spread.
With 5’9 Boado keeping an eye of the prolific Ricci Rivero, the Brigadiers went on to take 59-44 edge.
(LSGH cager Miguel Lanot tries to dribble past EAC-ICA’s Mau Cruz).
They gained this 15-point lead from Boado’s split charity.
Eventually, the Brigadiers were able to outrebound the Greenies, 59-44, with little known Elron Calara taking care of the boards with nine rebounds.
(Double teamed Ricci Rivero(9) looking for an opening).
“Gumanda ang defense namin, we were able to outrebound them,” Sison went on.
Angelo Beduria, one of the four reliables of the Brigadiers, backed up Calara with 13 points and eight rebounds.
As the fourth quarter got under way, the Greenies made a huge effort to come back.
Rivero, who finished with 30 points, made 16 in the last 10 minutes.
He hit 13 points until the last 44.2 seconds to come close, 64-69.
But the Greenies ran into foul trouble afterwards.
From there, charities from Mark Castillo, Beduria and Cruz gave the Brigadiers a chance to remain out of range.
With the Brigadiers headed for a clash with the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers towards the end of the week, things look promising for as they can go up in position the standings in the future.
EAC-ICA 75—Boado 19, Cruz 17, Dularte 13, Beduria 13, Baliquig 6, Castillo 3, Tapales 2, Kwong 2, Matilde 0, Calara 0, Tanque 0, Ligot 0, Mostoles 0, Calleja 0, Anonuevo 0.
LSGH 68—Rivero 30, Mallillin 29, Manuel 3, Madrigal 3, Pedrosa 2, Ollano 1, Herrera 0, Pagulayan 0, Velasco 0, Lanot 0, Boo 0.
Quarterscores: 24-12, 49-27, 59-44, 75-68.