Sunday, July 3, 2011

One Day Later: SBC vs UPHSD, SSCR vs JRU, MIT vs CSJL

SBC 85 - UPHSD 52
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Player of the Game: Rome Dela Rosa had 15 points in 15 minutes on 6 of 7 field goal shooting. Doesn't get more efficient than that.
SBC Stat to Watch: The Red Lions got 27 assists, but turned it over 22 times. They pushed the pace and ran whenever they could, but things got a bit too chaotic sometimes, especially for rookie point guard Baser Amer. He finished with 4 points, 5 assists and 4 turnovers in a mediocre debut for this blue chipper.
SBC Player to Watch: Dave Marcelo struggled with foul trouble early, but still managed to finish with a double-double, 10 points and 15 rebounds, plus 3 blocks
UPHSD Stat to Watch: The Atlas settled for jump shots too often, getting just 19 free throws despite the free-flowing nature of the game. Of those 19, they only converted 11 for 58%
UPHSD Player to Watch: Jett Vidal had a horrible night, missing all seven of his three-point shots, and finishing with just 4 points and a single rebound. There's no way the Atlas are going to win a game when he's that sub-par.
25 mins, 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal - the combined production of Anthony Paulino and Jeorge Allen before both left with injuries, further depleting an already short Atlas roster

SSCR 73 - JRU 67
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Player of the game: Ian Sangalang made the most out of his minutes and the shorter JRU frontline to post monster numbers of 25 points (8 of 13 FG%, 9 of 15 FT%), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks
SSCR Stat to Watch: The Stags actually made just 3 triples on 10 attempts, but Pascual's two bombs were definite momentum killers, quelling Heavy Bomber rallies
SSCR Player to Watch: See above.
JRU Stat to Watch: The Heavy Bombers got 18 turnover points, a decent number, but the press, when they got it going because the Stags were converting baskets at a high rate, wasn't a nightmare to break. Credit goes to Ronald Pascual, Jonathan Semira, and Anthony Del Rio who often brought the ball up.
JRU Player to Watch: Alex Almario had a poor outing, with just 6 points on 2 of 9 shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in the face of 2 turnovers. In fact, all of JRU's guards had a poor outing, as shooters Nate Matute and Raycon Kabigting combined for just 8 markers.
19 to 6 second-chance points, 26 to 15 offensive rebounds - The shorter, but scrappier JRU frontline actually out-hustled SSC-R to my surprise. Part of this though comes from the fact that they were able to foul out big men Bobby Balucanag and Dexter Maiquez. Certainly, if Calvin Abueva was available, this probably wouldn't have happened.

CSJL 76 - MIT 65
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Player of the game: Kevin Alas stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (we'll overlook his 9/21 FG% and 5 turnovers today)
MIT Stat to Watch: The Cardinals were actually hanging pretty well with Letran, but they totally collapsed in the fourth quarter, to the tune of 22 to 13 fourth quarter points.
MIT Player to Watch: Allan Mangahas saw that his teammates weren't getting it done and decided to go it alone, firing a game-high 23 points on 9 of 22 shooting, while hauling down 8 rebounds. He finished with a paltry 1 assist, but his teammates were missing shots left and right, so this number could have been higher.
CSJL Stat to Watch: The Knights got four less turnovers than Mapua, 21 to 25. After the game, Coach Louie Alas said that this, along with assists, was something the team still needed to improve on.
Letran Player to Watch: See above.
2 field goals - The Mapua offense totally collapsed in the fourth quarter, as the Cardinals managed a paltry two field goals, both two point shots, in the final ten minutes.

NCAA Picking Record: 1-2

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