Mocon, Tankoua set up Finals date between San Beda and LPU
Donald Tankoua both recorded the go-ahead basket and win-sealing defensive stop for San Beda
San Beda University was without Robert Bolick for the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League Semifinals.
Still, they had NCAA Mythical selection Javee Mocon and Finals MVP Donald Tankoua.
Mocon was brilliant all game long while Tankoua was big in the endgame as the Red Lions bested UAAP titlist Ateneo de Manila University, 57-52, on Monday at the FIloil Flying V Centre.
The Mythical selection wound up with 22 points, four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block while the Finals MVP had 17-point, 13-rebound double-double on top of the win-sealing block to help their side remain unscathed in the tournament.
With their fourth win in a row, they now advance to the Finals where they face off anew with rival Lyceum of the Philippines University.
The boys from Mendiola had to dig deep to make it happen as team leader Bolick was ruled out due to a knee injury he sustained last Sunday.
And so, San Beda found itself chasing down a five-point deficit early in the final frame until Mocon took over with seven straight points to grant his team a 46-44 edge.
The Blue Eagles didn’t quit and tied the tally at 52-all inside the last 90 seconds before Matt Nieto bobbled the ball and saw Tankoua gather it and go all the way for a fastbreak layup.
After defensive stops for the two teams, Mocon was then sent to the line and made good on two free throws for a 56-52 lead.
Still with 19.0 ticks to make something happen, Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin designed a beautiful play to find Thirdy Ravena with a good look underneath the basket.
However, Tankoua was also there to deny the attempt and shut the door once and for all.
Not long after, the NCAA champions were celebrating a victory versus the UAAP champions.
They are not done yet, however, and now turn their attention to the Pirates who are nothing but determined to get back at them.
For the Blue Eagles, Ravena topped the scoring column with 11 points.
SAN BEDA 57 – Mocon 21, Tankoua 15, Soberano 6, Cabanag 4, Carino 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 2, Ejercito 2, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Noah 0, Oftana 0, Bahio 0
ATENEO 52 – Ravena 11, Verano 8, Nieto Ma 7, Maagdenberg 7, White 3, Asistio 3, Tio 3, Go 2, Mamuyac 2, Mallillin 2, Nieto Mi 2, Mendoza 2, Andrade 0
QUARTER SCORES: 12-9, 27-20, 37-37, 57-52
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