Red Lions push off Altas to claim other twice-to-beat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2016 06:05 PM
Red Lions push off Altas to claim other twice-to-beat
SHOT-TAKER AND MAKER. Davon Potts' re-entry in the endgame signaled the start of the finishing kick for San Beda.

Even with all the disappointments they have trudged through, San Beda College will still be twice-to-beat in the Final Four of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Davon Potts made sure of that by pumping in eight of his 15 points in the last five minutes to carry the Red Lions over University of Perpetual Help, 84-75, on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

Not only are last year’s runners-up assured of a playoff incentive, they are also still alive for the top-seed. At 13-4, they need to defeat 14-3 and first-running Arellano University on Friday to force a playoff for first-place.

“Of course, that’s the goal for every team – get the twice-to-beat,” coach Jamike Jarin said after his wards wrapped up the other twice-to-beat alongside the Chiefs.

In a matchup that went down the wire, San Beda found themselves trailing by one at the five-minute mark of the final frame until coach Jamike Jarin sent Potts back into the action.

The first-year Filipino-American wasted no time in making an impact with his back-to-back hits igniting a 9-1 blast that catapulted the Lions back in front, 77-70. His jumper also capped off the pivotal push that eventually ended up as a much-needed win.

AC Soberano was the top man for Jarin with 18 points while Javee Mocon contributed a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double.

However, it was a resurgent Dan Sara whom Jarin singled out. “I have to give credit to Dan Sara. Right now, he held down the fort and made the right plays in the end,” he said of his team captain who collected six points and six assists.

On the other hand, the Altas dropped to 11-6 despite the best efforts of Bright Akhuetie who pounded in 29 points and 18 rebounds. They battle likewise 11-6 Mapua Institute of Technology for the third-seed also on Friday.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 84 – Soberano 18, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Bolick 9, Adamos 9, Presbitero 7, Sara 6, Oftana 3, Noah 3, Tongco 0, Alas 0, Bahio 0, Bonsubre 0, Navarro 0

PERPETUAL 75 – Akhuetie 29, Ylagan 16, Dagangon 11, Coronel 9, Singontiko 5, Pido 2, Eze 2, Gallardo 1, Sadiwa 0, Dizon 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-12, 37-35, 55-58, 84-75

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