(Notes: With season 94 already going on, the Arellano Braves will banner new faces and veterans who will try to make their experience in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Junior Basketball wars a memorable one. We were supposed to see how the Braves are as a team this season when they start their campaign against the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas in an 8 a.m. game today (July 17). But heavy rains brought by Typhoon Henry wiped out their scheculed encounter. This is the second time that we missed a game of the Braves because of bad weather. As for season 93, one of their games in the first round was a memorable one. On Aug. 08 2017, Kobe Camacho and Aaron Fermin came up with exceptional games).
08 Aug. 2017
FilOil-Flying V Arena,
The Arellano University Braves fought to survive and stay in contention for their best finish on this day, and early in the first round.
Camacho, one of their top shooters, and Fermin, one of the season’s top rebounders, were fighting hard in their game against the Emilio Aguinaldo College-Immaculate Conception Academy Brigadiers.
The 5’11 Camacho fired 16 points while Fermin shot15 points and had 17 rebounds when they rolled back the Brigadiers, 83-65.
“Stick lang kami sa game plan. Kahit na lumamang sila, tinuloy pa rin namin ang plano namin sa training,” said Camacho, who was not in the groove with his shooting the first half.
At first, the Brigadiers were leading, 26-24, in the closing minutes of the second period, and that’s off a three-pointer from Rey de Quiros in the last 2:25.
Then, Fermin came into the picture with a putback with 1:26 to go for a 26-all deadlock.
Fred Segura’s trey, and Fermin’s charities allowed the Braves to finish the first half with a 30-26 lead.
Stepping up in the second half, Rey Domingo’s putback and charity in the last 6:56, saw the Braves moving away by seven, 38-31.
Next, Camacho struck following three turnovers, and after scoring repeatedly, the Braves were comfortably ahead, 45-31, with 5:26 remaining in the third.
The Braves eventually bloated their lead to 25 points, 70-45, off Camacho’s incursion in the last 1:34.
When it was over the Braves picked up their fourth win in six games.
“Laro lang. Preparation ito para sa mga darating na games,” said Braves coach Tylon Darjuan.
The Braves are tied with San Beda Red Cubs with the same record.
Because of this, they are in contention for Final Four berth.
Camacho’s six-game average was was 23.8 minutes, 17.8 points and 3.2 rebounds.
He and Fermin were the top performing Braves with Fermin norming 27.3 minutes, 16 points, 16.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.