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Red Cubs rip Benilde

Reigning seven-time champion San Beda turned to Sam Abu Hijle and Germy Mahinay as the Red Cubs demolished the CSB-La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers, 97-72, yesterday to remain unscathed in the NCAA juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Abu Hijle fired 18 points, while Mahinay posted 12 markers and hauled 11 boards for the Red Cubs, who picked up their fifth straight win in as many games for a temporary share of the lead with Arellano University.

Ed Velasquez also shone with 10 points and four assists as San Beda took advantage of La Salle-Greenhills’ 30 turnovers by converting it to 31 points.

The Junior Blazers slipped to 3-2 despite the impressive efforts of Troy Mallinllin, Vincent David and Joel Cagulangan, who finished with 18, 17 and 10 points, respectively.

The Red Cubs took a slim 21-19 first-quarter lead before pulling away in the second period.