Quantcast
Latest Stories

San Beda Red Cubs a victory shy of NCAA title, nip CSB-LSGH Greenies

By

Arvin Tolentino of San Beda gets hacked from behind by Andre Paras of CSB-LSGH. Photo by August dela Cruz

MANILA, Philippines—Dragged into another tight endgame, the San Beda Red Cubs proved steadier this time.

The defending champion Red Cubs showed steely nerves down the stretch as they nipped the St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills Greenies, 74-73, before a huge crowd at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan Monday to move within a victory of clinching the NCAA juniors title.

Daryl Nazareno knocked in the marginal point—a free throw with 8.1 seconds remain ing—and then center Antonio Bonsubre broke up the Greenies’ final play as San Beda pulled through despite trailing for most of the second and third periods.

“We know that they have the stronger lineup, but we showed our character as defending champions,” said San Beda coach Britt Reroma. “We definitely want to end this on Thursday.”

The Red Cubs can clinch their third straight title—and a record 19th overall—with a win at 2 p.m. Thursday. The deciding game, if necessary, is scheduled on Monday.

Francis Abarcar shot 21 points, while former Under-16 standout Arvin Tolentino drilled in 19 points and collected 12 rebounds for the Red Cubs, who prevailed despite dishing out a season-low six assists.

Nazareno finished with 16 points, despite going 1 for 7 from beyond the arc.

Buoyed by their 88-85 win in Game 1 that also snapped the Red Cubs’ 18-game winning streak, the Greenies again put San Beda on the ropes for long stretches.

With Jon Villaruz on the firing end, the Greenies posted the game’s biggest lead at 45-35 with 8:36 left in the third period.

But the Red Cubs quickly turned the game around behind the trio of Arvin Tolentino, Nazareno and Francis Abarcar, who gave the lead back to San Beda, 55-54.

In a nip-and-tuck fourth period where no team led by more than five points, the trio again struck to preserve the win.

Tolentino tied the game at 71 with a strong drive, before Abarcar hit a layup for a 73-71 advantage with 52 ticks left to play.

The Greenies responded with a layup from Villaruz and looked in a good position to pull off another upset when Victor Ramilo won a jumpball against Van Abatayo on the next play.

But Villaruz and Thomas Torres turned the ball over with 23 seconds left, dooming the Greenies, who had risen from the No. 3 spot in the elimination round to reach the finals.

The scores:
SAN BEDA 74—Abarcar 21, Tolentino 19, Nazareno 16, Abatayo 8, Tongco 6, Bonsubre 4, Patenio 0, Munsayac 0, Miranda 0, Macapayag 0, Dela Costa 0, Babilonia 0.
ST. BENILDE 73—Villaruz 20, Bonlleon 13, Torres 10, Barrera 8, Paras 8, Ramilo 4, Marcial 4, Yap 2, Vito 2, Sta. Clara 0, Laigo 0.
Quarters: 18-19, 33-38, 61-58, 74-73


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More NCAA news

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Antonio Bonsubre , Arvin Tolentino , Basketball , Brit Reroma , CSB-LSGH Greenies , Daryl Nazareno , Francis Abarcar , Jon Villaruz , NCAA Juniors , NCAA Season 87 , San Beda Red Cubs , Sports , Thomas Torres , Van Abatayo



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Australian state leader quits over $2,800 wine
  • Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths
  • Luzon grid power reserve ‘enough’ for Holy Week
  • Pimentel proposes incentives for companies that will hire ex-convicts
  • State seeks guilty verdict for Abalos
  • Sports

  • My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  • Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  • New-look Azkals tie Qatari side
  • San Miguel Beermen eye No. 2 slot, battle Air21 Express
  • Filipinos yield to Iraqis anew Asian club volley
  • Lifestyle

  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  • Entertainment

  • Deniece Cornejo posts bail—report
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels US concert
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2014: Summer’s hottest J-rock/Cosplay event
  • 2NE1 returns to Manila with “All Or Nothing” Tour
  • Gary Valenciano just keeps moving
  • Business

  • Longer TRO sought on rate hike
  • Make a stylish statement with the all-new Yaris
  • Hearing set in Olarte case
  • BOC sues steel importers
  • BIR continues to miss collection target
  • Technology

  • Tech company: change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Philippines may watch ‘blood moon’ online
  • Opinion

  • We may never know
  • Couple of things
  • Mommy D’s magic
  • Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals
  • Holy Week taboos
  • Global Nation

  • No travel restrictions to Middle East amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Measures set against entry of MERS-CoV
  • Japan backs PH in case before UN
  • Las Vegas union starts pickets over wages, benefits
  • Fil-Am Daly City councilor has eye on Superior Court seat
  • Marketplace