San Beda silences CSB to set up Finals duel against Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 29, 2018 08:53 PM
San Beda silences CSB to set up Finals duel against Ateneo
Robert Bolick and San Beda are back in the Finals of the Filoil Preseason where they will defend their crown against Ateneo

College of St. Benilde is for real, but San Beda University remains the defending champion in the NCAA and in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.

The Blazers gave it all they’ve got, but in the end, the Red Lions’ poise yet again proved to be the difference in a well-earned 78-71 win on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

San Beda, the winners of the preseason tournament a year ago, was actually the lower-seed to a CSB crew that has been opening eyes. “First, I gotta give credit to St. Benilde. They really played well tonight and sabi ko talaga sa players ko, we have to match their effort,” San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said post-game.

Indeed, the Blazers continued to do just that as Justin Gutang waxed hot with 22 points, the last three of which pulled his team to within 71-74 with 40.6 ticks to go on the clock.

The Red Lions’ championship experience came through anew, though, as even incoming first-year players Toba Eugene and Evan Nelle made good on all four of their free throws to close the door on their opponents once and for all.

Nelle wound up with five points and four rebounds while Eugene hauled in 14 markers and six boards.

Donald Tankoua also had 14 points and five rebounds and Javee Mocon posted a 13-marker, 12-board double-double to make up for quite the quiet game from Robert Bolick who scored nine points.

Now, the defending Filoil Preseason and NCAA champions turn their attention to UAAP king Ateneo de Manila University. “Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Ateneo. They probably have jet lag for now, but they’re still the champions of the UAAP,” Fernandez said, referring to the fact that the Blue Eagles had just come home from a series of tuneup games in Greece.

That Finals showdown tips off on Saturday evening still at the same venue.

Gutang paced CSB while Clement Leutcheu chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. Even with the semifinals loss, the entire preseason has been nothing but a positive sign for them.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 78 – Tankoua 14, Eugene 14, Mocon 13, Doliguez 11, Bolick 9, Canlas 6, Nelle 5, Abuda 3, Cuntapay 3, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Oftana 0, Cabanag 0

CSB 71 – Gutang 22, Leutcheu 15, Haruna 11, Pasturan 8, Belgica 4, Dixon 4, Naboa 3, Domingo 2, Pagulayan 2, Carlos 0, Young 0, Nayve 0, Velasco 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-19, 40-34, 54-53, 78-71

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