Assistant coach Lito Aguilar temporarily took over as the coach of the Mapua Red Robins in their last game of the elimination round, last Oct.9, Friday, in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Junior Basketball Tournament.
It did not matter if coach Randy Alcantara was suspended for a game.
(Sherwin Concepcion in action during a game with the La Salle Greenhills).
The Red Robins, who shaved their heads after they lost to the San Beda Red Cubs, still went on to trample the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Conception Academy, 90-74, last Friday Oct. 9 at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.
It was a game which served no big purpose, except to keep the team in tiptop shape.
(Assistant coach Lito Aguilar).
That’s because the Red Robins have have already earned the no. 2 semifinals seeding as early as Game no. 14, which was against the Letrans, and game no. 15 against the Arellano University Braves.
Because their entry into the semis is already a done deal, their game with the Brigadiers served as their workout.
It was their preparation for their coming stepladder playoffs, which was made possible after the San Beda Red Cubs completed an 18-game sweep.
“Lamang sila (EAC-ICA) nung first quarter. Sama ng start. Affected sila sa suspension ni coach Randy,” said coach Lito.
What happened to coach Randy?
In their game with the La Salle Greenhills, which the Red Robins won, 64-57, last Oct. 6, Randy was thrown out of the game, in the last 27.7 seconds for continuously complaining on the call of the referee.
He incurred his second technical foul with the match tied at 40-all.
And that merited a one-game suspension, and the sanction fell on their last game of the elimination round against the Brigadiers.
- Mapua Red Robins 90, EAC-ICA 74
The Brigadiers got off to a strong, fighting start.
First, Kerby Dulatre poured eight of his 21 gamehigh output in the first 10 minutes.
Then, Mau Cruz eked out nine of his 14-point tally also in the first 10 minutes of action.
After that, the Red Robins got their bearings back .
They ran and ran in the second quarter. They began asserting themselves under the boards.
By the end of the second period, Sherwin Concepcion and Jasper Salenga combined for 13 points, and handed the Red Robins a 45-41 halftime lead.
“Buti na lang at napakiusapan ko sila na maglaro nang maayos,” said coach Lito.
In the third period, Concepcion took charge with the 12 points, and the Red Robins went on to take a 11-point, 68-57 spread at the end of the quarter.
He would later control the boards with 11 rebounds, while Salenga scored a total of 23, making eight also in the third to help gave Mapua their double digit advantage.
When the fourth quarter came, Enriquez and Mario Uson added 10 points as the Red Robins finished with a 16-point lead.
And when it was over, the Cardinals finished overall as the no. 4 team when it comes to offense with 81.71 point average.
- Notable games of Sherwin Concepcion
There are many things to talk about when it comes to Sherwin Concepcion’s performance throughout the season when the game ended.
Here are the things I took note of:
- He scored 6 triples, it’s the third highest this season when he did it against the Lyceum Junior Pirate when they won, 85-63, last Sept. 11.
- Sherwin is no. 9 in rebounds (9.0 per game).
- He’s no. 7 in blocks(1 per game).
- He averages 14.59 points, 9 rebounds, 1.65 assists. This makes him the no. 2 performer of the Red Robins.
- Scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds against the Brigadiers is his highest in 4 games.
- 33 points and 11 rebounds. His highest output this season, when the Red Robins won over Lyceum, 85-63.
Mapua 90- Concepcion 26, Salenga 23, Emriquez 12, Junsay 6, Badillo 5, Uson 5, Yco 4, Garcia 4, Bonifacio 4, Samonteza 1, Templonuevo 0, Velvez 0.
EAC-ICA 74- Dularte 21, Cruz 14, Boado 13, Beduria 8, Calara 8, Baliquig 5, Kwong 2, Mostoles 2, Anonuevo 1, Tapales 0, Matilde 0, Tanque 0, Ligot 0.
Quarterscores: 20-23, 45-41, 68-57, 90-74.