Red Lions claim semis twice-to-beat advantage, win 12 straight

Mark Escarlote on Sep 28, 2017 05:54 PM
Red Lions claim semis twice-to-beat advantage
San Beda College pocketed the last semifinals twice-to-beat advantage as the Red Lions win their 12th straight.

Reigning titlist San Beda College secured the last Final Four twice-to-beat advantage as the Red Lions reasserted their mastery over Arellano University, 83-72, Thursday in the 93rd NCAA senior basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Mendiola-based squad stretched its winning streak to 12 straight and improved to a 13-1 win-loss record.

Javee Mocon scored 14 points on 6-of-13 field goal shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for SBC. Jeramer Cabanag had 14, Robert Bolick finished with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while Donald Tankoua posted 11 for the Red Lions, who controlled the boards, 41-27. 

“As what I've always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves,” said SBC coach Boyet Fernandez. “We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games.”

SBC blew open a tight 67-63 contest early in the fourth period with a blistering 9-0 run to build a 76-63 lead with 5:29 left and never looked back for a repeat of the Red Lions' 95-70 first round win over the Season 92 runner-ups Chiefs.

Arellano U slid to a 5-9 card.  

Kent Salado had 17 points while Michael Canete and Kraniel Villoria scored 15 each for the Chiefs, who need to sweep their remaining four games to advance in the semis.



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