Boyet and Bolick-less San Beda still scores ninth straight
DEEP. San Beda did more than survive the absence of head coach Boyet Fernandez, main man Robert Bolick, and rising star Clint Doliguez.
San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez and main man Robert Bolick were completely confident that their team can still win even as they served their one-game suspensions on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Red Lions did not let them down, making quick work of Mapua University, 88-70, for their ninth consecutive victory in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Fernandez, Bolick, and rising star Clint Doliguez were not in the venue as part of the league’s disciplinary action for their involvement in San Beda’s flareup with Mapua University last Tuesday.
Calling the shots was first lieutenant JB Sison who executed the game plan to a tee as the defending champions forced 16 turnovers and quickly converted them into 18 points. “I’m happy with the way we played despite the absence of our two best players. What was noticeable was everybody stepped up,” team manager Jude Roque said post-game.
AC Soberano also chose the most opportune time to bust out as his 17 points topped his team in scoring.
Javee Mocon then provided his usual double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds this time around.
Still, the Cardinals were hanging around, only down by nine after three quarters until San Beda put the game away once and for all with a 30-point final frame.
In all, a total of six players contributed at least eight points for Sison. “I’m happy that we didn’t look for a go-to-guy today. Everybody was able to score,” Roque said.
That was just exactly what Bolick foresaw when he said last Tuesday, “Our team is good from the starting five to the last player. I have full belief in our team.”
Even without three key cogs, the defending champions kept their winning streak intact and kept their place just right behind first-running and undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University. “We made it a rallying point for the guys who aren’t here. We dedicated the game to them,” Roque said.
Fernandez, Bolick, and Doliguez will be back in action when the Red Lions take on San Sebastian College-Recoletos a week from now.
For Mapua, Leo Gabo showed the way with 17 points.
Unable to take advantage of their undermanned opponents, however, they suffered their ninth straight setback and now stand at 1-10.
SAN BEDA 88 – Soberano 17, Mocon 11, Tankoua 9, Noah 9, Cabanag 8, Potts 8, Oftana 6, Tongco 5, Adamos 5, Abuda 4, Presbitero 2, Carino 2, Bahio 2
MAPUA 70 – Gabo 17, Aguirre 16, Nieles 13, Pelayo 9, Bunag 8, Raflores 4, Victoria 3, Orquina 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 40-32, 58-49, 88-70
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