|Man versus Beast - Calvin Abueva got the better of Yousef Taha, forcing him out to the perimeter (pic source)|
SSCR 71 - MIT 66
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Player of the Game : Though Ian Sangalang needed 20 attempts to get 20 points, he also finished with 10 rebounds, two steals and three blocks. More importantly, he had half his output in the fourth quarter, helping the Stags keep in front of the Cardinals.
MIT Stat to Watch : The Cardinals found themselves battered on the boards, allowing the Stags to pick up 13 more defensive rebounds, and 10 more offensive rebounds, for a 60-37 finish. That said, they at least gave up just five more second chance points, 17 to 12, despite the huge disparity in repossessions.
MIT Player to Watch : Yousef Taha did his best to keep the Cardinals in the game, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks, in a game that would have been the talk of your fantasy league. That said, he did overstep his boundaries too much, with majority of his misses coming from the perimeter, including heaving up four triple attempts, though in his defense, he did make one.
SSCR Stat to Watch : Mapua was able to score more than their 15.14 fourth quarter aveage, going up to 20 points in the final period, but with the game decided with a 19-12 third quarter, those 20 points, including the triple at the end of the game by Mangahas, were a bit too little, too late.
SSCR Player to Watch : Chalk this one up to blogger's jinx, as Pascual submitted his second worst performance all season long after I raved about his consistency. Pascual had just 13 point on 5 of 16 shooting, though he did also have seven boards and three assists.
- The Stags continue to eschew the three-point shot, tying their low with just seven attempts and converting two, for 29 percent. Mapua on the other hand keeps heaving them up, trying 30 times and making seven.
- San Sebastian got a big boost from the free throw line, getting 21 attempts and converting 15, while Mapua shot a paltry 10 and made just half.
|All ahead full - Garvo Lanete led the Red Lions' charge (pic source)|
SBC 77 - JRU 69
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Player of the Game : Dave Marcelo made up for Jake Pascual's suspension with a 13 point, eight rebound, three assist, five block performance. He shot a hyper-efficient 4 of 5 from the field, 5 of 5 from the line, and needed just 25 minutes to get all of that.
SBC Stat to Watch : The Red Lions were slightly off in this game with regards to turnover defense, committing 17 errors, one and a half more than their 15.43 average, and allowing 16 turnover points, four more than their norm.
SBC Player to Watch : Anjo Caram had a quiet outing, missing all of his field goals but making it up for it with three rebounds and four assists. That said, he did seal the game with his 4/6 performance from the line, late in the fourth quarter.
JRU Stat to Watch : As expected, JRU had their own turnover problem, making 21 errors, which San Beda converted into 19 turnover points. That said, they were able to control the Red Lions' running game, holding them down to just six attempts which led to five points.
JRU Player to Watch : Nate Matute briefly made a splash with his back to back triples in the fourth quarter, giving the lead for a while to the Heavy Bombers, but he was unable to sustain his shooting late, finishing with just 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting, plus two rebounds and a block.
- San Beda made more charities than JRU attempted, sinking 25 out of 30 shots, while the Heavy Bombers were just 13 of 22 in comparison.
- Disturbing trend if you're a Red Lions fan: In their first seven games, San Beda averaged 16.67 offensive rebounds and 50.33 rebounds overall. In their last two games, those numbers are down to 12.5 and 34.
NCAA Picking Record: 27-10