San Beda returns to Finals as Perpetual can’t stop Potts

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2016 06:20 PM
San Beda returns to Finals as Perpetual can’t stop Potts
I GOT THIS. Davon Potts shot San Beda onto their 11th Finals in a row.

While he has been known to take and make the most clutch of shots, Davon Potts decided to bring the big baskets a little earlier on Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

Firing 11 of his 16 points in the pivotal push bridging the third and fourth quarters, the first-year gunslinger shot down the hopes of University of Perpetual Help, 78-63, all while shooting the Red Lions onto the Finals of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Much like the last time the two teams met, San Beda suffered a slow start and found themselves chasing down a deficit of nine points in the second quarter until Robert Bolick’s back-to-back bombs detonated a 20-4 blast that took an 37-30 advantage in their favor at the half.

The Altas then closed the gap to 38-43 in the middle of the third quarter only to see Potts take charge with half of the points in the 22-10 surge that sent the Lions ahead, 65-48, with 6:39 to go.

The lead would remain in double-digits for the remainder of the game as San Beda booked their 11th straight trip into the Finals. Still, coach Jamike Jarin opted to look at the grander scheme of things, “You know me, I’m just a simple coach who wants to win and prepare these young men in the game of life.”

The Filipino-American also recorded three rebounds and three assists to make sure the Lions bounced back from their 83-87 defeat to Perpetual last Friday that felled their twice-to-beat advantage and forced the do-or-die matchup. Still, he remained humble in saying, “I don’t take any credit for the win. Without the team, this won’t be possible.”

Unlike that previous matchup, the San Beda defense showed up big-time in this one and stifled their opponents to 29.9 percent shooting. They also limited Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie to only eight points.

Javee Mocon held down the fort with a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double and was flanked by Ben Adamos who had seven points, six rebounds, and four blocks.

The Lions now move onto the three-game Finals against Arellano University commencing on Thursday still at the MOA Arena. They battle an Arellano University side they have already defeated for all the three times they met thus far through the tournament.

For the Altas, it was Gab Dagangon who posted 16 points and 10 rebounds who led the losing effort. Unable to replicate their performance from the last time, however, they bow out of contention.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 78 – Potts 16, Bolick 14, Mocon 12, Soberano 9, Noah 7, Adamos 7, Sara 6, Oftana 4, Presbitero 2, Bahio 1, Tongco 0, Alas 0, Bonsubre 0, Carlos 0, Navarro 0

PERPETUAL 63 – Dagangon 16, Singontiko 11, Akhuetie 8, Eze 6, Sadiwa 6, Ylagan 5, Coronel 3, Hao 3, Dizon 3, Pido 2, Gallardo 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-20, 37-30, 56-39, 78-63

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