Bolick and Mocon team up in San Beda’s takedown of Letran

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 25, 2017 06:22 PM
Bolick and Mocon team up in San Beda’s takedown of Letran
BREAK DOWN THE WALLS. With Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, San Beda proved steadier in the endgame against archrival Letran.

As always, Robert Bolick took charge when San Beda College was trying to close out its contest on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

And when he missed, Javee Mocon was just there to finish the job.

AC Soberano was the detonator in a 28-point third quarter blast, Bolick and Mocon had the steady hands in the endgame, and the Red Lions took care of archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 81-74.

Rallying back from a 10-point deficit in the first half, the defending champions are now riding a three-game winning streak in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Of course, Bolick showed the way with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists – all while playing 39 of the 40 minutes. Mocon was there as well and almost registered a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.

Still, head coach Boyet Fernandez sees lots of room of improvement in their 4-1 standing.

Indeed, San Beda headed into the halftime dugout chasing a seven-point deficit. “I just challenged the guys in the locker room to stick with our game plan and play as a team,” Fernandez said.

Coming back onto the court was a different team, however, and the Red Lions went on a 26-9 tear to snatch away a 53-43 advantage in their favor.

They did all that in just seven minutes with AC Soberano at the forefront, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter.

The Knights battled back to as close as five, 70-75, with two minutes remaining only to be kept at bay by back-to-back hits from Mocon.

Jerrick Balanza paced Letran with a career-high 20 points which were all for naught as they lost for the second straight game.

The 2015 champions now find themselves at the bottom of the standings with a 1-3 record.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 81 – Bolick 22, Mocon 17, Soberano 16, Noah 8, Adamos 5, Potts 3, Doliguez 3, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Cabanag 0

LETRAN 74 – Balanza 20, Quinto 19, Nambatac 18, Calvo 14, Taladua 2, Ambohot 1, Balagasay 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Bernabe 0, Gedaria 0, Vacaro 0, Mandreza 0, Caralipio 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-15, 27-34, 55-50, 81-74

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