San Beda’s 37-point rout wakes up EAC from playoff dreaming
THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT. Javee Mocon and San Beda utilized total team effort to register their biggest winning margin in the season.
San Beda College has not lost in more than a month in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
And yet, the defending champions have not had a resounding rout under their belt.
That was until Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre when the Red Lions manhandled listless Emilio Aguinaldo College for an 88-51 win.
The 37-point winning margin was the biggest for San Beda. “’Di man lang kami umabot ng bente yung lamang the whole season so this will be a good start, but again, I will just preach consistency,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said following their 14th win in a row coming off a 1-1 start to the season.
And through all of it, they utilized total team effort, winding up with a total of 26 assists.
Robert Bolick had 12 of those dimes, setting the table for the likes of AC Soberano who scored 17 points, Javee Mocon who scored 15 markers, and Donald Tankoua who scored 12 caroms.
The Generals scored five unanswered to begin the game only to see those five Red Lions get together for a 26-6 answer and a 26-11 edge at the end of the first quarter.
In the end, the King Lion only had six points to his name, but his and Jomari Presbitero’s playmaking got lauded by Fernandez. “I really told the guys that we have to share the ball so I appreciate that the boys really committed themselves to sharing the ball,” Fernandez said.
At the other end, they shut down all of their opponents not named Sidney Onwubere and only allowed 16 makes from the field.
Now, the defending champions turn their attention to a rivalry game against Colegio de San Juan de Letran and then a rematch with league-leading and still undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University.
On the other hand, this is the end of the road for EAC which sees its playoff hopes get extinguished with a fourth loss in a row.
Onwubere did his all with 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one steal, but without much help, he saw his team fall to a 6-10 standing.
SAN BEDA 88 – Soberano 17, Mocon 15, Tankoua 12, Abuda 10, Carino 8, Bolick 6, Tongco 6, Bahio 4, Noah 4, Presbitero 2, Adamos 2, Cabanag 2, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0
EAC 51 – Onwubere 22, Tampoc 8, Garcia 6, Pascua 5, Bugarin 5, Bautista 3, Mendoza I 2, Munsayac 0, Corilla 0, Mendoza J 0, Neri 0, Diego 0
QUARTER SCORES: 26-11, 40-28, 60-34, 88-51
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