Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod (CSA-B) upset Luisa Medel National High School (LMNHS) in extra time 69-65 in the 1st United Negros Basketball League (UNBL) Aspirants Cup in their game held Wednesday at the Msgr. John Liu Activity Center.
CSA-B was in the driver’s seat with more than 2 minutes remaining in the game with the score at 55-49. However, LMNHS tightened up their full court defense, offensive rebounding, and forced turnovers, leading to a 10-0 run engineered by Jester Paypa, Zelrey Lamela and Micko Villarosa to take a 55-59 lead with 1:02 left in regulation.
In response, King Sarmiento and Hyden Sante each nailed back to back pressure packed free throws to force the deadlock with 19 seconds left. LMHSC then missed the golden opportunity to win outright in regulation with 4 missed free throws, sending the game into overtime.
During the extra period, LMNHS held a 63-62 advantage on a Paypa drop shot at the 1:07 mark, but the CSA-B boys coached by John Felix Garrido kept their composure, as the trio of Jamil Balisi, JhiaTreyes, and Leon Cuadra closed out the game with a 7-2 run to complete the upset.
Sarmiento sizzled for 33 points, delivering with 26 in the second half. Lance Arrey scored 14 and Balisi had 6.
The Christian Francisco Yasa mentored LMNHS was led by Paypa’s 22 points, Chester Dale Andales added 12, and Lamela and Ralph Chennai Arceño had 10 apiece.
The CSA-B victory temporary derailed the outright quarterfinals spot for LMNHS. With only the top 2 spots in the 2 brackets assured, it will still be a dogfight for the last 2 slots still up for grabs this weekend.
In the nightcap, St. Joseph School-La Salle (SJS-LS) coached by Alvin Mahilum, improved their quarterfinal chances by trouncing University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R) 57-51.
Kian Victor Tabefranca scored 9 pts. and William Haniel Malacad added 2 triples to give SJS-LS a 25-21 lead at the break while Arnel Pineda and Jayven Pachoro combined for 9 points for the Junior Rams.
Raishem Neil Rojas and Jameer Angelo Gapusan contributed 7 points each in the 3rd quarter to keep SJS-LS in the lead, 40-35. George Agnes scored all his 10 points in the payoff quarter to spearhead a UNO-R rally that was not enough, as Gapusan and Tabefranca had 6 markers each to seal the win for SJS-LS.
SJS-LS improved to 3-2 while UNO-R, handled by Herbel Bello, dropped to 3-3, good for 3rd and 4th place respectively in Bracket B.
Gapusan paced SJS-LS with18 points, Tabefranca -15, and Rojas 10. Matthew Depamaylo and Pachoro scored 10 and 9 points, respectively, for UNO-R.
Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) dominated St. Rose of Lima (STROLS) from start to finish to improve to 3-2. Top contributors for BCNHS were Zaijhan Devide with16 points, Johnrex Baynosa – 10, Rangel Bilangel – 8, while Kid Anthony Alitscored 9 and Justin Nikko Javelona dropped 6 points for STROLS.
Meanwhile St. John’s Institute walked over the Domingo Lacson National High School team to lead Bracket B with 6 wins.*