The Rise of the Mapua Red Robins as champions and the last dance of the San Beda Red Cubs (part 3)

April14Enriquez

(Season 92 flashback: injured point guard Mike Enriquez drops his crutches to join the Mapua Red Robins in celebrating their title conquest in the junior division. Coach Randy Alcantara and another senior school official joins him).

(With Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament is about to start again. Here’s looking back to how the season ended in season 92).

Oct, 14. 2016

SM Mall of Asia Arena

4 p.m.

Friday

April14celebration2

(The Mapua Red Robins in the thick of celebration last season).

The Red Robins made do with the absence of point guard Mike Enriquez, who suffered a recurring foot injury in Game 2 when the Red Cubs won 81-78.

The series ended  at 2-1 after the Red Robins took Game 3 with an 83-64 win.

But Mike was around, and watch from behind the bench, in crutches as his teammates stepped up in his absence, and carried on.

April14Lacap

(San Beda Red Cubs veteran Evan Nelle is caught in a double team by Bryan Samudio(13) and Brian Lacap (8)).

Their team effort, and with Mike’s inspiring presence allowed the Red Robins to push for the win their final game of the season.

This happened on Oct. 14, 2016, Friday when the Mapua/Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) Red Robins won their first title in 16 years.

This gave them a big reason to celebrate at the end of in the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association Junior Basketball finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

April14Garcia

(Juaquin Garcia (17) seeks an open man after Red Cubs cager Prince Etrata covers him).

The Mapua (Malayan High School of Science) Red Robins fought with pride till the end.

Because their title conquest, the Mapua Red Robins are considered this early as the favorite to win a back-to-back title the next NCAA season.

Juaquin Garcia shot 12 points, with his jumper in the fourth helping the Red Robins stay up by 15.

April14Escamis

(Germy Mahinay(12) tries to dribble his way past Clint Escamis (10)).

The performance of the Red Robins in their last game of the season seemed to have overwhelmed the Red Cubs.

“Na-pressure ang mga bata. We were flat the whole game. I was expecting a closer game because this is a deciding game. Pero, the whole game, we were trying to catch up.  May run kami. May sagot sila,” said Red Cubs coach JB Sison.

Carlo Obenza led the Red Cubs with 14 points while Addie Velasquez also had 14, and Mahinay added 11.

 

April14Samudio

(Sam Abu Hijleh gets in front of a driving Bryan Samudio).

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