San Beda stops Arellano again, seizes 11th straight top-seed

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2016 06:30 PM
San Beda stops Arellano again, seizes 11th straight top-seed
FAMILIAR FEELING. AC Soberano poured in a career-high as San Beda re-asserted their mastery over Arellano.

San Beda College is now a perfect 3-0 against Arellano University in the 92nd Season of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With the last two coming in back-to-back fashion to cap off the elimination round, the Red Lions are now the top-seeded team in the tournament for the 11th year in a row.

With AC Soberano swishing the nets and Ben Adamos anchoring the paint, the Red Lions again got the better of Arellano University, 87-80, in the playoff for the top-seed on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

Soberano and Adamos connived for all of the points in the pivotal 13-1 push to begin the fourth quarter that turned a one-point cushion into a 73-60 advantage with 5:57 remaining.

Six straight from Jiovani Jalalon and Dioncee Holts pushed the Chiefs to within 66-73 inside the last three minutes, but that was the closest they could come as Dan Sara and Robert Bolick put the finishing touches on another convincing victory for San Beda.

Soberano wound up with a career-high 26 points in scorching 71 percent shooting while Adamos posted 14 points, six rebounds, and four blocks.

Soberano and Adamos fronted the on-point offense, but the Lions’ latest win was also due to a defense that limited Jalalon to only 14 points in 24 percent shooting. He also only had five assists as his teammates were no better from the field – especially from outside where they muffed on all but three of his 29 triple tries.

In all, San Beda made a living from long-distance with a 35-15 advantage in perimeter points to make sure they get the better of their modern-day rivals once more. “This is good because you always want to go into the playoffs with a win. That’s momentum coming in,” coach Jamike Jarin said.

Just last Friday, the Lions defeated Arellano, 91-81, to force a playoff for the top-seed.

The top-seed will next take on fourth-seeded University of Perpetual Help on Friday at the MOA Arena.

Kent Salado and Donald Gumaru added 11 points apiece for the Chiefs who will have to settle for the second-seed. Still, there are twice-to-beat in their matchup with Mapua Institute of Technology.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 80 – Soberano 26, Bolick 14, Adamos 14, Sara 10, Mocon 6, Noah 5, Presbitero 3, Potts 2, Bonsubre 0, Tongco 0, Navarro 0, Oftana 0, Carlos 0

ARELLANO 73 – Jalalon 14, Salado 11, Gumaru 11, Villoria 10, Flores 6, Canete 6, Enriquez 5, Holts 3, Aguilar 3, Meca 2, Cadavis 2, Nicholls 0, Zamora 0, Gupilan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-22, 38-35, 60-59, 80-73

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