by Andre Miranda
The cinderella run of the CSB-LSGH Greenies has dazzled the world of collegiate and junior basketball after barging into the finals and drawing the first blood against last year’s titlists, Malayan High School (Mapua).
The Greenies capitalized on a series of runs made by swingman Joshua Marcos and combo guard Joshua David who had 15 and 18 points, respectively to aid their floor general Joshua Cagulangan who was saddled with foul trouble.
On the other hand, Juniors MVP awardee Will Gozum led the Red Robins’ attempt to annihilate their opponent which only lasted until halftime.
This win puts the Greenies one win closer to their first-ever title and ends their losing streak to Mapua.
Prior to game one’s match-up, the Greenies have lost their last five bouts against the same team, including their Season 92 heart-breaker in the Final Four.
Mapua is also responsible for two of the seven losses of the Greenies in this season.
In addition, the Greenies placed fourth this season with an 11-7 win-loss slate. They started out strong early in the first round but slowed down in the latter part of eliminations.
The Mandaluyong-based squad even had to fight for position as they found themselves deadlocked with the San Sebastian Golden Staglets in a sudden-death showdown for the right to be in the final four.
After blowing out the Staglets, the Greenies were defaultly placed at the fourth spot and were matched-up with first seed San Beda Red Cubs who had a twice-to-beat advantage.
Fortunately, they were able to re-assert their mastery of the six-peaters and was able to eliminate them in a two-game fashion.
Meanwhile, the Greenies have yet to experience a championship in the country’s oldest collegiate league and Mapua seeks to build a dynasty of their own.
Game two showdown is set in the same venue and at the same time slot which will be followed by the much-awaited bout in the Seniors’ Division which features the undefeated Lyceum Pirates and the dynastic San Beda Red Lions.