CSB-La Salle Greenhills exacted revenge on rival Mapua with a 95-90 squeaker in a rematch of last year's title rivals on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 juniors basketball tournament at Mapua Gym in Intramuros.
RC Calimag paced the Greenies with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Jan Manansala imposed his will down low with 17 points, 18 boards, two assists and two blocks.
Raffy Arguelles added 15 points, nine rebounds, three rejections and two dimes, as Kobe Palencia had 12 points and three boards.
"Sinimplify lang namin ngayon compared to last game. Since bagong team kami, we have to focus on ourselves first," said coach Karl Santos.
It was the first time that the two proud high school programs met since Mapua claimed the juniors title in three games last season.
Megan Galang topped the hard-luck Red Robins with 23 points and four rebounds.
Jonnel Policarpio also marked his return with 20 points and 11 boards, but his presence still wasn't able to help the defending champion Mapua score its breakthrough victory, falling in all of its first four outings.
Anthony Fransman also chipped in a double-double with his 16 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
LSGH 95 -- Calimag 26, Manansala 17, Arguelles 15, Palencia 12, Macalalag 7, Quiambao 6, Valenzuela 6, Dimaunahan 2, Arciaga 2, Torrijos 1, Rivera 1, Gagate 0.
Mapua 90 -- Galang 23, Policarpio 20, Fransman 16, Parinas 9, Echavia 8, Buenaflor 5, Lugo 4, Mercado 3, Castor 2, Jugo 0, Tadeo 0, Ejercito 0, So 0.
Quarterscores: 17-25; 48-45; 71-67; 95-90.