San Beda takes fight out of Arellano to stay spotless

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 22, 2016 06:29 PM
San Beda takes fight out of Arellano to stay spotless
IT ISN'T HOW YOU START. San Beda recovered from a 22-point deficit to eventually score a 15-point win.

San Beda College only had 14 points to show in the first 14 minutes of their highly-anticipated matchup with Arellano University on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

Davon Potts and Donald Tankoua weren’t going to let their perfect record to start the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Season go out like that, however, and sparked the Red Lions to an 87-point explosion the rest of the way.

Potts poured in a career-high 31 points while Tankoua pounded in yet another double-double as San Beda clawed out of a 22-point hole to ultimately bury Arellano University by 15 points, 101-86.

The Chiefs got going right from the start with a 19-10 first which they then turned into a 36-14 lead at the six-minute mark of the second. Instead of getting disheartened, however, San Beda showed resolved and remained to fight.

“At the start, I talked about trust and heart. That was the gameplan,” coach Jamike Jarin told reporters after the comeback that eventually became their sixth win in a row in as many games.

Indeed, Jarin and company stuck to their gameplan and gritted their way to only a two-point deficit inside the last eight minutes. It was at that point that Potts had half of the points in a 10-2 run that stole the lead for the Lions, 83-75.

Arellano then scored five unanswered to pull to within three with 5:26 remaining before Tankoua had all but two points in San Beda’s 12-3 finishing kick.

The Filipino-American claimed his career-high efficiently, making good on 12 of his 18 attempts. Tankoua then contributed a 28-point, 14-rebound double-double in the Lions’ rise to 6-0.

For the Chiefs, it was Jiovani Jalalon who showed the way with 25 points. He and his bus ran out of gas in the second half, however, to drop to 3-2 in the standings.


SAN BEDA 101 - Potts 31, Tankoua 28, Tongco 12, Noah 8, Presbitero 6, Soberano 6, Bolick 5, Sara 3, Mocon 1, Oftana 1, Alas 0, Carlos 0, Navarro 0.

ARELLANO 86 - Jalalon 25, Salado 16, Enriquez 12, Flores 10, Meca 7, Cadavis 6, Holts 4, Aguilar 3, Gumaru 3, Canete 0, Nicholls 0, Villoria 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 10-19, 37-47, 72-72, 101-86.


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