(Notes: Last Oct. 5, the University of Perpetual Help Junior Alas pulled off a 69-64 win over the Malayan Red Robins, 69-64, to avenge their first round defeat. It was a no bearing game since the Red Robins have already earned the top seeding in the Final Four semifinals of the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament with their 12-3 win-loss record. But their first round encounter with the Junior Altas was different. It was meant to prepare them for tougher games ahead).
(Will Gozum (right)).
Staying in shape and going the distance seems to be the key to the defending champion Malayan High School of Science Red Robins’ bid to have a successful campaign this year.
That’s what the Red Robins have been focused on doing in the first round of the 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) junior basketball tournament.
Last July 20, their 94-74 swamping of the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas served as their way of preparing for a tougher game against the La Salle Greenhills Greenies.
(Warren Bonifacio (right)).
In that game, one of their bigs, Will Gozum, led the Red Robins to their third straight win at the FilOil Flying V Center.
He shot 19 points for the Red Robins, who went on to gain a share of the lead with the Greenies.
-Malayan Red Robins 94, Perpetual Help Junior Altas 74
(Mike Enriquez dribbling the ball).
In this game, Alcantara leaned on second unit players like Eric Jabel and Jeo Ramos to build up a small lead in the first period.
From a 8-all tie, the Red Robins first took charge off Warren Bonifacio’s putback for a 10-8 edge.
Charities from Jabel and Ramos, followed by a layup from Gozum in the last 54 seconds hoisted the Red Robins to a 17-13 spread at the end of the period.
The game was still close following a 22-all tie in the last 6:13 of the second quarter off Mike Enriquez’s charities.
With Warren Bonifacio now controlling the boards with Gozum, the Red Robins penetrated thrice in succession, with Clint Escamis capping it in the last 5:19.
This slowly out put the Red Robins in the driver’s seat, 30-25.
After the Junior Altas tried to come back from the last off a triple, the big men took over.
With the Bonifacio and Gozum continuously backing up Escamis underneath, the Red Robins proceed to move away. In this last offensive run for the half, Bonifacio capped it with putback for a 41-28 lead in the last 49 seconds.
Coach Randy Alcantara said at that time, they are having difficulties with their adjustments. There are many tweaks being done. But they are contributing big time to the team’s overall performance.