FOUR-time NCAA champion San Beda won another thriller against National University, but newly-crowned UAAP titlist Far Eastern University-Diliman was ambushed by San Sebastian in Day Two of the 1st Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship on Sunday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.
Getting big games from NCAA Finals MVP Jayvee Mocon and former PH U-18 standout Arvie Tolentino and Alejandro Inigo, the Red Cubs outlasted the NU Bullpups, 71-66, and stayed unbeaten in Group B.
Inigo topscored for the Red Cubs with 17 points, including seven in the payoff period, while Tolentino, the hero in the team’s 95-91 win over Hope Christian High School in the opener last Saturday, added 14.
But the day simply belonged to the Staglets of coach Raymund Valenzona who stunned the Baby Tamaraws, 66-58, to remain the only undefeated squad in Group A – thanks to the combined efforts of Alfren Gayosa, Michael Calisaan, Jon Macasaet and Onyok Velasco, Jr.
“Kahit one week lang kaming nag-prepare para sa tournament, binigyan namin ang FEU ng magandang laban at nag-enjoy yung mga bata sa paglalaro,” said Valenzona, who drew 16 points from Gayosa and a combined 16 points from Velasco and Macasaet.
Valenzona was also pleased with the return of Macasaet, who missed San Sebastian’s NCAA Finals loss to San Beda due to chicken pox.
In other games, Xavier School became the first team from Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) to barge into the win column by downing Ateneo, 87-80, while University of Santo Tomas defeated Letran, 69-68.
With their wins, San Beda, UST, and San Sebastian moved a step closer to earning berths in the quarterfinals of the event presented by Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, Ironcon Builders, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Blackwater Sports, and Hapee Toothpaste.
FEU star Jerie Pingoy was held to just eight points, a far cry from his 22-point performance in their opening-day win over Chiang Kai Shek College last Saturday, as he fell victim to SSC's sticky defense.
The top four teams after the elims of the 10-team tournament advance to the quarterfinals.