San Beda tops Baste in PCCL; DLSU Team B falls to Mindanao champ
AC Soberano hooked up with Robert Bolick to deliver the big shot for San Beda
San Beda College continues to have the number of San Sebastian College-Recoletos now in the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL).
Robert Bolick again hand a hand in a game-winning play, setting up the AC Soberano three that shot the Red Lions over the very game Golden Stags, 70-67, on Thursday in Pasig’s Ynares Arena.
Just like they did in the NCAA a year ago, the old-time rivals were going at it all throughout.
Baste actually had a one-point lead inside the last minute until Bolick and Soberano got together for the go-ahead triple.
A couple of defensive stops and a split from the stripe by Javee Mocon later, San Beda was celebrating its first win in the crossover phase of the PCCL Elite Eight.
Bolick wound up with 14 points while Soberano chipped in 14 markers of his own. Mocon also posted a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double to help his team get the better of the San Sebastian for the fourth time in a row.
Alvin Capobres and Ryan Costelo paced the Golden Stags with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
In the tournament’s curtain-raiser, Mindanao kings Holy Trinity College pulled off a big-time takedown of De La Salle University’s Team B, 75-69.
Joseph Diamante scored 21 points, Leomerk Salas contributed 20 markers, and the Wildcats were in control for majority of their matchup up against a team that sent none of Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, or Santi Santillan.
In their stead, Antonio Miguel Yang was the top scorer for the top-based team with 21 points.
Meanwhile, UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University got its campaign off to a strong start, 84-69.
Thirdy Ravena was a force all over and almost netted a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists. Matt Nieto and Gian Mamuyac were there to back him up with 16 and 13 markers, respectively.
The PCCL Elite Eight continues on Friday still at the Ynares Arena with San Beda taking on Holy Trinity at 1:00 PM, Lyceum of the Philippines taking on University of Visayas at 3:00 PM, and San Sebastian taking on DLSU at 5:00 PM.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.