Soberano helps San Beda survive upset-conscious EAC

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 19, 2016 04:27 PM
Soberano helps San Beda survive upset-conscious EAC
BULL'S EYE. Misfiring all game long, AC Soberano's two triples in the last two minutes put away daring EAC for good.

In the last two minutes, Emilio Aguinaldo College seemed to forget just who the newly-crowned Three-Point Shootout King in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament is.

However, San Beda College sure didn’t.

AC Soberano reminded everybody why he was the league’s deadliest sharpshooter and shot the Red Lions over daring Emilio Aguinaldo College, 90-82, on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

San Beda immediately faced adversity with Nigerian center Donald Tankoua going down with an apparent right knee injury. Still, backup big men Benedict Adamos and Arnaud Noah also immediately stepped up and helped their squad take control.

The Generals’ deficit went as high as 12 before they came alive with a 30-point third quarter to take a one-point lead heading into the final frame. However, the Lions fought back and took back the lead, 80-77, inside the last three minutes.

Sidney Onwubere’s putback pushed EAC to within one before a 5-0 burst capped off by Soberano’s trey gave San Beda an 85-79 advantage. Francis Munsayac then drilled his own deep shot, but Soberano answered right back to put away the game for good.

The San Beda sharpshooter only wound up with eight points, but his two triples in the last two minutes effectively quashed the Generals’ upset bid. This, a week after claiming the Three-Point Shootout in the NCAA All-Star.

Asked about how they got the ball to their designated sharpshooter, coach Jamike Jarin said, “We just executed very well twice.” After executing, the Lions are now again on a winning streak – this time a two-game winning streak that ups their still league-leading record to 10-1.

On the other hand, the Generals dropped to 3-8 despite the tireless effort of Onwubere who stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, 18 rebounds, six blocks, and five assists.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 90 – Potts 20, Tongco 12, Adamos 11, Mocon 10, Bolick 8, Soberano 8, Noah 8, Tankoua 5, Presbitero 3, Oftana 2, Alas 2, Sara 0, Bonsubre 0, Carlos 0, Navarro 0

EAC 82 – Onwubere 19, Laminou 18, Munsayac 15, King 14, Morada 13, Diego 2, Pascua 1, Neri 0, Corilla 0, Guzman 0, Mendoza 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 48-37, 66-67, 90-82

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