Monday, 22 April 2013 3 Comments
Teams from the oldest collegiate basketball league — National Collegiate Athletic Association – are making a loud noise in the Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup at The Arena in San Juan City.
Last April 22, the San Sebastian Golden Stags and the Arellano Chiefs showed their respective rivals they are for real.
The Golden Stags withstood the Southwestern University Cobras’ blistering rally to score an 84-73 win, while the Arellano Chiefs did the same thing by fending off a late rally by the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 74-66.
Jon Rebollos carried the Stags’ offensive load as he scored 20 points while Leo De Vera racked up 18 points and Jovit Dela Cruz had 13 points. Raffy Gusi had 10 points and rookie Jaymark Perez posted a double-double performance of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“I told them what they have is an opportunity for themselves,” said San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson, who returns to his alma mater after leaving midway last season.
“It’s a way out of poverty and a way to make a name for all of them.”
Down by 16 points in the 3rd quarter, the Cobras rallied with Landry Sanjo and Adam Mohammad scoring the needed baskets in SWU’s 16-8 blitzing run highlighted by a Fabrice Siewe dunk to make it 68-60 with 9:08 to play.
But the Golden Stags doused some iced water on their intended rally. De Vera and Rebollos scored 7 points each in the wind up to give Topex Robinson his first win in their second game of the tournament since his return to the bench.
Landry Sanjo led SWU with 16 points while Melvin Holper and Monbert Arong chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively. The Cobras, though, absorbed a 0-4 win-loss record.
The Golden Stags scored 21 fastbreak points.
Arellano, meanwhile, relied on Nard Pinto and Prince Caperal to establish back-to-back victories after giving away a 16-point lead.
“We were undisciplined offensively and defensively. We played individually that’s why they almost beat us,” Chiefs coach Koy Banal said.
James Forrester top scored with 18 points for the Chiefs who registered their second win.
“As a team, personally, I think we need to do a better job in closing out games,” Forrester said. “We’ve had large leads and seen it kinda fade away during the fourth quarter. We need to recognize that once we have a big lead, we’ve got to maintain it and all of that comes from execution and defense.”
The Chiefs had a 66-50 lead with more than 6 minutes remaining in the game, but the Fighting Maroons effort threatened within 70-62 after a left-wing triple from Joseph Marata.
Marata, who fired five three-pointers, led the Maroons with 19 points in a losing effort.
The Fighting Maroons also absorbed 0-2 win-loss record.
Arellano 74 – Forrester 18, Pinto 12, Agovida 11, Jalalon 11, Caperal 7, Hernandez 6, Salcedo 5, Cadavis 2, Enriquez 2, Nicholls 0, Malanday 0, Bangga 0.
UP 66 – Marata 19, Soyud 13, Wong 8, Asilum 6, Gallarza 6, Ball 5, Reyes 4, Lao 3, Desiderio 2, Romero 0, Gingerich 0, Harris 0, Ligad 0, Amar 0, Paras 0.
Quarterscores: 14-12; 34-32; 55-47; 74-66.
SSCR 84 – Rebollos 20, De Vera 18, Dela Cruz 13, Gusi 11, Perez 10, Balucanag 7, Guinto 5, Tano 0, Vergara 0, Lee 0, Magno 0.
SWU 73 – Sanjo 16, Holper 15, Arong 12, Mohammad 8, Siewe 7, Pajantoy 7, Bautista 3, Panerio 3, Goloran 2, Otida 0, Bregondo 0.
By Josef Ramos