Art’s triple-double, Baser’s return fuel Lions to first
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 03, 2015 06:45 PM
BACK ONCE AGAIN. San Beda's Big Three was finally complete and back to its dominant ways.
San Beda College’s Big Three was finally back together and they proved to be more than enough to stop the Teytey Teodoro show in the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Art Dela Cruz was finally joined by both Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun and the Red Lions’ trio took the wind from right under the wings of the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers for a 83-75 victory on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.
Amer, who last played on July 18, entered early in the second quarter and immediately connected with Dela Cruz. The San Beda court general collected four assists while their team captain tallied 19 points to give their team a 36-32 lead at halftime.
The five-peat champions stayed ahead until Teodoro did another one of his takeovers and mounted a personal 8-0 run to take a 69-67 lead for JRU with 6:53 remaining. It was at that point that Adeogun took charge and pounded all but four points in a 15-2 counter that pushed the Lions way ahead, 82-71, inside the last two minutes.
Talking about a finally complete lineup that moved them to first place at 10-2 (Letran has a chance to match them on Friday), coach Jamike Jarin said in his post-game conference, “Baser’s another weapon for us. If Art continues to play the way he is, then it can only be good for us.”
Dela Cruz ended with his first-ever triple-double of 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists while Adeogun added a 23-point, 12-rebound double-double. Amer finished scoreless, but had five assists and four rebounds.
Paolo Pontejos and Teodoro had 19 and 16 points, respectively, to show the way for the Bombers who fell into a fifth-place tie with Mapua at 6-5.
SAN BEDA 83 – Dela Cruz 26, Adeogun 23, Tankoua 10, Sara 8, Koga 5, Soberano 4, Tongco 3, Cabanag 2, Mocon 2, Amer 0, Reyes 0, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0, Sorela 0, Sedillo 0
JRU 75 – Pontejos 19, Teodoro 16, Grospe 10, Lasquety 7, Poutouochi 6, Cruz 4, Abdul Wahab 4, Sanchez 3, Dela Virgen 3, Dela Paz 2, Astilla 1, Balagtas 0
BOX SCORES: 21-61, 36-32, 64-60, 83-75
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