SJI dumps USLS-IS to win 7th 10 Under basketball title

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Friday, March 21, 2014


SAINT John’s Institute (SJI) defeated University of St. La Salle-Integrated School (USLS-IS), 71-66 for their seven-peat title in the 10 Under category of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association tournament played last Sunday at the West Negros University gym.

SJI, however, missed out on a double victory as they bowed to West Negros University in the Aspirants division 86-80.

Judiel Cary Peñaflor sizzled with 39 points for the Baby Stingers as he was unstoppable in the lowpost, but it was the end-game balance offense of the Baby Falcons that steered them to victory.

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The turning point of the tight contest was when USLS-IS was holding on to a 61-59 lead in the fourth quarter. The Baby Stingers committed a technical foul and Joshua Benedict Baldonado converted on two free throws for the deadlock.

This silenced the Baby Stingers offense as the Baby Falcons scored six more points courtesy of Scott Albayda, Kyle Andrada and Kenneth Alimpuyo for a 67-61 lead.

Peñaflor dropped the last five points for the Baby Stingers but it was not enough to overhaul the lead as Baldonado and Andrada scored the final points in the game.

Baldonado and Alimpuyo scored all the SJI points in the first quarter for a 14-8 opening quarter advantage even as Karl Miguel Besa delivered six points for USLS-IS.

The lead of SJI was sliced in half 30-27 as Peñaflor scored 15 points against a balanced SJI offensive led by Karl Gamboa five points.

Peñaflor continued to shine with 10 points and teammate John Paul Uños added six points but the lead remains with the Baby Falcons 51-48 going to the fourth quarter as Baldonado and Alimpuyo joined hands anew to slow down the Baby Stingers’ rally.

Baldonado paced SJI with 22 points, Alimpuyo added 14, Bryce Chan scored 12 points, Kyle Andrada made 10 points, Gamboa picked up five points, Scott Albayda shot four points, Anton Go and Enzo Jamero hit two points apiece.

Uños added 11 points for USLS-IS, Besa churned in seven points, Kamei Masaki contributed four points, JB Aquino chipped in three and John Limco had two points. (With reports from Stephen Tan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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