By Waylon Galvez
Games Friday (Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City)
1 p.m. – San Beda vs Lyceum (Jrs)
3 p.m. – Awarding Ceremony
4 p.m. – San Beda vs Letarn (Srs)
Jay Ynot and Justin Sanchez scored 16 points each to power the San Beda Red Cups to a runaway 94-80 victory over Lyceum of the Philippines University Tuesday to close in on the NCAA Season 95 juniors division crown at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ynot and Sanchez, two of eight graduating players of San Beda, led the Red Cubs’ balanced attack.
Sanchez also added 14 rebounds, while forward Rhayyan Amsali – formerly of the NU Bullpups – finished with 14 points and 14 boards, and King Alcantara 12 points off the bench.
San Beda’s high school team can clinch its 24th overall title with a win in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals series at the same venue.
The last time San Beda ruled the juniors was back in 2015.
Even if they are a win away from ending a four-year drought, San Beda mentor Manu Iñigo – son of former sports editor Manolo Iñigo – said they are not thinking too far ahead.
“Malayo pa yan, Mag a-adjust pa sila (Lyceum), tignan natin kung paano. What’s important is kung paano namin ma-handle,” said Iñigo, who played college ball of University of the East in the UAAP.
“Of course, it’s a big win. But we’ll prepare again, prepare sa balik ng Lyceum. They’re capable of staging a comeback, lalo ngayon nandito na tayo sa Finals so anything can happen.”
Iñigo pointed to the 80 points they gave up as the Junior Pirates shot 29-of-67 (43.28%) from the field.
“We gave up 80 points, so hindi kami satisfied. Kailangan pa din mag-adjust sa defense,” he said.
“Sa depensa kami mag-focus sa Game 2, yun ang kailangan namin gawin as a team.”
Ahead 67-60 early in the fourth quarter, the Red Cubs went on a 12-0 run capped by a Charles Delfin three-pointer shot that gave them an 81-60 advantage with 6:27 to play.
Alcantara had five points during that run.
John Barba, set to be named the junior’s division MVP after he topped the Statistical Points (SP) department, led Lyceum with 21 points, while Gyle Montano added 18 points of the bench.
McClaude Guadania was held to just six points on just 2-of-10 shooting from the perimeter.
SAN BEDA 94 — Ynot 16, Sanchez 16, Amsali 14, Andrada 14, Alcantara 12, Delfino 8, Oftana 6, Valencia 3, Pelipel 3, Cabanero 2, Alao 0, Llarena 0, Pascual 0, Nicdao 0.
LYCEUM 80 — Barba 21, Montano 18, Omandac 11, Gamlanga 10, Garro 9, Guadania 6, Garing 5, Panganiban 0, Caduyac 0, Ragasa 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0.
Quarters: 25-14; 47-41; 67-58; 94-80.
Tags: Gyle Montano, Jay Ynot, John Barba, Junior Pirates, Justin Sanchez, King Alcantara, Lyceum Junior Pirates, Manu Inigo, NCAA, NCAA S95 boys' basketball, NCAA Season 95 boys' basketball, NCAA Season 95 juniors' basketball, Red Cubs, Rhayyan Amsali, San Beda Red Cubs