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By WAYLON GALVEZ

Games Friday (Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City)

10 a.m. – San Beda vs Mapua (Jrs)

12 noon – Letran vs St. Benilde (Srs)

2 p.m. – San Beda vs Mapua (Srs)

4 p.m. – Arellano vs SSC-R (Srs)

6 p.m. – Arellano vs SSC-R (Jrs)

 

St. Benilde's Edward Dixon hangs on to the ball as he battles for possession with JRU's Chester Jungco during NCAA Season 95 Friday. (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

St. Benilde’s Edward Dixon hangs on to the ball as he battles for possession with JRU’s Chester Jungco, top, during NCAA Season 95 Friday. (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

St. Benilde finally showed the type of grit it displayed in its first five games by snapping a two-game losing skid with a 74-66 victory over Jose Rizal University Friday in NCAA Season 95 at The Arena in San Juan.

Justin Gutang led CSB with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Carlo Young contributed 13 points and Edward Dixon finished with 10 points and six boards for the Blazers, who played minus suspended coach TY Tang.

Ahead, 50-46, with eight minutes left, Gutang joined hands with Young and Kendrick Belgica as the Blazers scored eight unanswered points to take a 58-46 lead with 6:08 left.

The closest JRU got from there was a 67-62 as Benilde hung on from the free throw line where it went 7 of 8.

“It’s big win for us to be honest,” said assistant coach Charles Tiu, who called the shots for Benilde. “We’re really struggling, and the two losses we were a bit demoralized.”

“We got some confidence back. We’re in control but JRU is a tough team, we struggled and we missed shots. I’m happy that we’re composed at the end, and I think we got lucky they missed some free throws,” added Tiu.

JRU forward Agem Miranda finished with 20 points, while John Miranda and Marq Dionisio added 14 and 13 points.

The setback dropped the Heavy Bombers to a tie with the Perpetual Help Altas on 3-6 cards.

In the second senior’s game, Alvin Capobres scored 20 points while Allyn Bulanado had 14 points as San Sebastian College-Recoletos downed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 86-65.

The win stretched the win streak of SSC-R to three as it improved to 5-3 to tie Letran for fourth and fifth spots in the standings while EAC dropped to 1-8.

San Sebastian's Arjan Dela Cruz battles for the rebound with EAC's Jan Luciano, center, and JP Maguliano. (Rio Deluvio)

San Sebastian’s Arjan Dela Cruz battles for the rebound with EAC’s Jan Luciano, center, and JP Maguliano. (Rio Deluvio)

Meanwhile, St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills guard Kobe Palencia exploded for 27 points as the Greenies routed the Jose Rizal U Light Bombers, 78-62, in juniors play.

Palencia, one of four holdovers from last year’s LSGH squad that made the finals, went 8-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point territory, the last of which gave them a 68-55 lead with three minutes left to play.

Three other Greenies finished in double digit scoring as Jiam Quiambao had 13 points off the bench. Ric Calimag contributed 12 points, while JC Macalalag added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The victory improved LSGH’s record to 6-3, good for a tie for second spot with Lyceum behind current junior’s leader San Beda (7-1).

LSGH coach Karl Santos said it’s a crucial win for them since they want to compile as many victories as possible.

“I really used it as motivation for the players to get the win because we know going to be a lot harder in the second,” said Santos, on his first year as coach of the Greenies replacing Marvin Bienvenida.

“Of course other teams are trying to catch up in the standings, so as much as possible we want to have some separation from the teams who are currently below the top four teams right now,” added the 32-year-old Santos, who played for the Blazers until the 2008 season.

As for the Light Bombers, the setback dropped the team to 4-5. Jonathan Medina scored 11 points to lead JRU, while Jan Sy, Conrad Famaranco and Nince Icban had 10 points apiece.

In the second junior’s game, the San Sebastian Staglets downed the Brigadiers of Emilio Aguinaldo College in overtime, 86-81, behind the 16 points of Louise Concha, and double-double effort of 13 points and 11 rebounds by Rafael Are.

The win gave SSC a 4-5 card at the end of the first round, while the loss kept EAC at the bottom with a 1-8 record.

 

Scores:

First Game (Jrs)

CSB-LSGH 78 – Palencia 27, Quiambao 13, Calimag 12, Macalalag 11, Estil 3, Valenzuela 2, Manansala 2, Arciaga 2, Panlilio 2, Reyes 2, Dimaunahan 1, Arguelles 1, Gagate 0, Rivera 0, Torrijos 0.

JRU 62 – Medina 11, J. Sy 10, Famaranco 10, Icban 10, Fortuna 9, Garcia 5, Lenon 3, Ganut 2, Gentalan 2, Joson 0, Ramirez 0, W. Sy 0, Salvacion 0.

Quarters: 21-20; 44-35; 65-50; 78-62.

Second Game (Jrs)

SSC-R 86 – Concha 16, Janao 14, Are 11, Una 9, Darbin 9, Lustina 7, Perez 7, Brizo 6, Aguilar 3, Bulasa 2, Balo 0.

EAC 81 – Encila 16, Balowa 14, Illustrismo 12, Sanosa 10, Cabuhat 9, Dandoy 7, Sollestre 6, Calipco 6, Rodrin 1, Macaraya 0, Baruelo 0.

Quarters: 14-23; 34-41; 52-57; 74-74 (reg.); 86-81 OT.

Third Game (Srs)

CSB 74 – Gutang 14, Young 13, Dixon 10, Haruna 9, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Nayve 5, Leutcheu 4, Carlos 4, Flores 4, Sangco 0

JRU 66 – Miranda 20, Amores 14, Dionisio 13, Delos Santos 6, Arenal 6, Aguilar 4, Dela Rosa 3, Jungco 0, Macatangay 0

Quarters: 17-12; 28-29; 46-41; 74-66.

Fourth Game (Srs)

SSC-R 86 – Capobres 20, Bulanadi 14, Calahat 12, Ilagan 11, Villapando 8, Calma 6, Altamirano 5, Desoyo 4, Sumoda 4, Loristo 2, Dela Cruz 0, Tero 0, Cosari 0.

EAC 65 – Gurtiza 16, Maguliano 12, Tampoc 9, Mendoza 8, Luciano 5, Gonzales 5, Taywan 3, Cadua 3, De Guzman 3, Martin 1, Carlos 0, Corilla 0, Estacio 0, Dayrit 0, Boffa 0.

Quarters: 23-17; 44-29; 60-44; 86-65.

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