San Beda sinks LPU, makes playoffs for 11th year in a row

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2016 04:33 PM
San Beda sinks LPU, makes playoffs for 11th year in a row
BALANCE. AC Soberano and Davon Potts made sure San Beda stays in the playoffs for the 11th straight season.

Already without their man in the middle in Donald Tankoua and then losing team captain Dan Sara to an apparent foot injury, San Beda College needed even more of their trademark team effort to get back on track in the 92nd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

They did just that on Friday at the San Juan Arena as Arnaud Noah pumped in 22 points to lead three other teammates in double-digits in the Red Lions’ 89-73 victory versus Lyceum of the Philippines University.

On their first losing skid in two years, San Beda made their intentions known from the get-go and got off to an 8-0 burst. The Pirates then scored five unanswered points of their own only to see Potts spark a 10-2 charge for an 18-7 advantage for his team.

By the end of the first quarter, Davon Potts and Sara merged for 15 points to outscore all of LPU who only mustered 14.

Still, like they have all season long, the Pirates kept coming and pulled to within 63-74 inside the last five minutes. However, Potts again had the answer for the Lions as he and AC Soberano went back-to-back in corner treys to re-establish an 82-65 lead.

Potts wound up with 19 points, Soberano fired 17 points in perfect six-of-six shooting, and Javee Mocon collected 12 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three blocks as the Lions improved to 12-4. They avoided their third loss in a row while also securing their 11th straight spot in the Final Four.

Although they just made sure their playoff streak stays alive, coach Jamike Jarin said San Beda still has a lot of work to do. “I’m just happy that we’re there (Final Four). We just need to work a little harder and play a little harder,” he said.

Sara was carried to the bench early in the final frame, but was able to return to the floor to close out the contest in the last two minutes.

On the other hand, LPU sank to 5-11 despite the best efforts of Reymar Caduyac who poured in a career-high 27 points.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 89 - Noah 22, Potts 19, Soberano 17, Mocon 12, Sara 9, Adamos 6, Bolick 2, Optana 2, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0.

LPU 73 - Caduyac 27, Ayaay 17, Marata 11, Soliman 6, Nzeusseu 5, Alban 4, Baltazar 3, Gabayni 0, Alanes 0, Rubite 0, Soriano 0, Bulawan 0, Serafico 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-14, 46-32, 64-55, 89-73.

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