San Beda keeps Letran reeling with fifth straight loss

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 26, 2016 06:37 PM
San Beda keeps Letran reeling with fifth straight loss
HOW SWEEP IT IS. San Beda won both games against Letran in the elimination round.

While it seems San Beda College has finally found a solution to their problem in the paint, archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s offensive woes continue in the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Ben Adamos and Javee Mocon held down the fort and the Red Lions frustrated the Knights into 35 percent shooting for a 83-71 decision on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

The fierce foes were going at it right from the start, but the Knights owned a three-point lead early in the second. That was their last view from the top, however, as San Beda went on a 28-6 rampage that built for them a 53-34 advantage.

In the tail end of that pivotal push, Adamos opened eyes with back-to-back buckets on offense coupled with back-to-back blocks on defense. “He played great. They all played great,” coach Jamike Jarin said of his rookie center who has been tasked to fill the shoes of injured Donald Tankoua.

Letran didn’t quit and last threatened at 70-78 with 23.5 seconds to go, but Davon Potts had the answer for the Lions with a short stab that quelled the uprising.

Still, the intensity didn’t stop just yet as both Bong Quinto and Jerrick Balanza got too intimate with Jomari Presbitero. The two teams nearly came to blows, but fortunately, game officials were able to come in between them.

After the scuffle, Quinto incurred an offensive foul, Balanza incurred an unsportsmanlike foul, and Jarin incurred a technical foul. The San Beda coach was the first to apologize for what happened as he said, “We apologize if we did something ungentlemanly.”

In the end, it was the Lions who claimed the victory that catapulted them back into solo first now at 11-2. Not only that, it also completed an elimination round sweep of their archrivals.

Potts paced the scoring with 23 points while Adamos flirted with a triple-double of 18 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks. Mocon was no slouch himself with a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.

On the other hand, the defending champions lost for the fifth time in a row despite the best efforts of Jom Sollano who had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Their latest setback drops them to sixth-place now at 5-7.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 83 – Potts 23, Adamos 18, Mocon 17, Presbitero 6, Sara 4, Soberano 4, Noah 4, Bonsubre 3, Bolick 2, Tongco 2, Bahio 0, Carlos 0

LETRAN 71 – Sollano 18, Quinto 17, Nambatac 13, Balanza 9, Calvo 9, Luib 3, Ambohot 2, Apreku 0, Balagasay 0, Bernabe 0, Pambid 0, Dela Pena 0, Sario 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-22, 43-32,  56-43, 83-71

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