La Salle Greenhills and Adamson brought down their fancied rivals to arrange a semis showdown in the 5th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) MEC Networks Cup Thursday at the SGS gym in Quezon City.
First to register a quarterfinal upset was La Salle Greenhills, which downed reigning UAAP champion National University, 83-79, thanks to a well-balanced attack.
On the other hand, Adamson got big games from Florencio Serrano and Gerry Abadiano to overpower many-time NCAA champion San Beda College, 83-54.
The other semis pairing was equally explosive as reigning NCAA champion Mapua downed Far Eastern University, 71-68, to arrange a meeting with defending champion Chiang Kai Shek College.
Banking on the red-hot shooting of Miguel Oczon, the Blue Dragons demolished the Arellano University Braves, 76-61, to stay undefeated in three games of the tournament also sponsored by Hapee Toothpate, Freego, Dickies Underwear, Ironcorn Builders, Blackwater, Poly Gloss Automotive Polyurethane System and Ché Lu Bar & Grill.
Showing his marksmanship, Oczon buried seven triples to finish with 23 points. Batang Gilas veterans John Galinagto and Jonas Tibayan chipped in 8 points each.
Mapua also maintained its immaculate record as Brian Lacap and Romuel Junsay scored 21 and 16 points, respectively, to help power the Red Robins to their third straight win since the elims.
Joshua Marcos led four other La Salle players in double figures with 20 points aside from grabbing 9 boards. He was ably supported by Joel Cagulangan who had 13 points and six assists while Unique Naboa and Vincent David combined for 24 points and six assists.
Five NU players scored in double figures but it was La Salle which got the much-needed breaks at the crunch.
The semis matches were being played at press time also at the SGS gym.
The champion team gets the top purse of P50,000 while the tournament standouts, according to PSSBC chairman Leoncio Chua, will be invited to join the Batang Gilas program.