Hours before senior division players from both the University of Perpetual Help Altas and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals got involved in a fight(physical or verbal), the San Beda Red Cubs were having a blast again.
It also happened hours before the San Sebastian College Stags struck hard in the last four minutes, upsetting the defending champion San Beda Red Lions, 98-92, last Sept. 22, Tuesday.
(Robi Nayve (7) tries to dribble past Andre Dantis).
At around 1:30 p.m., the Red Cubs romped off to their 15th straight win in the junior division of the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournaments.
Some 4 hours before I joined Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph in scouring the San Juan Arena for signs of violence, the Big Boys from Taytay, Rizal have made statement with their 88-57 clobbering of the San Sebastian Staglets.
The game ended peacefully with 3 second unit players, Robi Nayve, Eduardo Velasquez and John Lagumen, having their shining moments.
(Germy Mahinay (12) is double teamed by Marcus Arellano (8) and Damie Cuntapay (10)).
Robi is the brother Raphael Nayve (a former Red Cub before he became part of the College of St. Benilde Blazers)
He scored his highest in five games, making 12 points in the 13 minutes he saw action.
The last time he had a great game with the Red Cubs was on Aug. 25 when they struck down the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers.
On the other hand, Velasquez made 10 points after spending 21 minutes on the floor, while Lagumen delivered 10 in his 18 minute stint.
(Dranreb Tamparong (4) gets double teamed).
- San Beda Red Cubs 88, San Sebastian Staglets 57
The Red Cubs went all out from the start with their running game.
A triple teamed Patrick Daabay is forced to give up the ball by Sam Abuhijle (left), Joshua Tagala(5) and Pedro Alfaro (15)).
Their bruising pace quickly put them to an 18-6 advantage off Germy Mahinay and Pedro Alfaro, who strung 11 points, and this gave them a 12-points edge in the initial minutes of the first period.
They then took a 29-6 advantage in the last 6:17 of the second period, and off Nayve’s drive.
(Coach JB Sison talks to his players during a break).
The 6-foot-two Abuhijle hit a triple in the last 2:26 sending the Red Cubs to a 19-point edge, 36-17.
They went on to enjoy a 30-point, 57-27 edge in the last 4:40 of the third off three free throws from Joshua Tagala.
((15) Jose Pelias is forced to give up the ball by Prince Etrata(9) and (19) John Lagumen).
Coach JB Sison said giving quality minutes to the team’s second unit players gives them confidence, and helps deepen the bench when the time comes that they will meet tougher opponents in the future.
- Significance of the win
(King Pacis (5) goes for a jumper past Albert Bordeus(14) and Sam Abuhijle (16)).
With their 15th straight victory, the Red Cubs are three games closer to an outright finals berth.
Their next opponents are the Mapua Red Robins, the Arellano Braves and the Letran Squires.
(The referee blows the whistle on Germy Mahinay (12) after players drop to the floor during a scramble).
But coach JB said a sweep is still far from his mind, and he tells the boys that.
“We’re looking forward to our next game against Mapua on Friday. Yun ang crucial,” said Sison.
(John Lagumen (19) confronting Michael Jabagat).
- What the stats show
Statswise, I discovered the following when I reviewed the numbers on the Red Cubs:
(Patrick Daabay makes a charity attempt while teammate Nikko Sisa(7) claps.
- None of the Red Cubs have an outstanding scoring leader who is in the top 10.
- Sam Abuhijle dominates the paint with nine rebounds per game. After 15 matches, he is no. 8 overall
- Evan Nelle is no. 4 in assists(3.67) and no. 7 in steals (2.13).
- The Red Cubs are the no. 1 offensive team (90.7 ppg) and no. 8 defensive (67.47).
San Beda 88—Nayve 12, Velasquez 10, Lagumen 10, Tagala 9, Mahinay 9, Alfaro 9, Alfaro 9, Abuhijle 9, Barbero 5, Bordeus 4, Nelle 3, Sese 3, Bonalos 3, de la Rosa 2, Samaniego 0, Etrata 0.
San Sebastian 57—Daabay 22, Tamparong 11, Cuntapay 8, Pacis 5, Pelias 4, Sisa 3, Saliddin 2, Jabagat 2, Arellano 0, Isidro 0, Canoy 0.
Quarterscores: 18-6, 39-17, 61-40, 88-57.