Bench carries San Beda all the way to 10th straight Finals
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 20, 2015 07:30 PM
DREAMING. San Beda is set to collide with archrival Letran in their drive for an unprecedented sixth consecutive championship.
In the end, coach Jamike Jarin put it best when he said in his post-game conference, “People criticized me for always using 15 players. They can’t criticize me now because in the biggest game of the season so far, the bench delivered.”
On Tuesday at the MOA Arena, the reserves salvaged the struggling starters of San Beda College by outworking all of the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers for a 78-68 victory.
The Red Lion bench combined for 47 points and, more importantly, sparked the decisive 26-10 run that turned an eight-point third quarter deficit into a 66-58 advantage with 5:35 remaining. The win secured for the five-time defending champions a spot in the Finals of the NCAA 91 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Lesser known Dan Sara, AC Soberano, and Donald Tankoua showed the way with a total of 31 points to make up for the off games of Ola Adeogun and Art Dela Cruz who only had five points apiece. Baser Amer chipped in 11 points as San Beda set a Dream Finals matchup with archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
With Adeogun and Dela Cruz struggling, the Bombers jumped on top via a 16-10 run to open the second half for a score of 48-40. Searching for an answer, Jarin challenged his bench and they responded by mounting the decisive run.
Jarin didn’t field his starters – save for Amer in the last few minutes – the rest of the way.
Marco Balagtas had 14 points to lead the effort of JRU who bowed out of the season with back-to-back defeats following six straight wins in do-or-die games.
SAN BEDA 78 - Amer 11, Sara 11, Soberano 10, Tankoua 10, Mocon 8, Sorela 7, Adeogun 5, Dela Cruz 5, Tongco 4, Koga 3, Reyes 2, Presbitero 2, Cabañag 0, Bonsubre 0, Sedillo 0.
JRU 68 - Balagtas 14, Poutouochi 12, Teodoro 9, Dela Paz 8, Estrella 8, Astilla 6, Pontejos 6, Abdulwahab 3, Lasquety 2, Sanchez 0, Grospe 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-19, 30-32, 56-53, 78-68.
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