Bolick, San Beda sweep LPU for back-to-back championships

Bolick, San Beda sweep LPU for back-to-back championships
CHAMPIONSHIP DNA. Robert Bolick averaged nine points in the final frames of the two games of the NCAA Finals - leading the way for San Beda's 10th championship in the last 12 years.

San Beda College did not lose any of the games that mattered most in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Robert Bolick again took over in the endgame as the Red Lions again topped erstwhile league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University, 92-82, on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Leaving no doubt with back-to-back convincing victories in the Finals, the Mendiola-based squad won its 10th title in the last 12 years – and 21st overall.

Just like in Game 1, it was Bolick who scored seven points in the last five minutes to lead the defending champions in blanking the Pirates who were coming off a clean sweep of the elimination round.

By his lonesome, the 20-year-old outscored all of their opponents in the last five minutes, 7-6.

With LPU on top by three, 76-73, with 5:31 remaining it was Bolick’s couple of charities that set off San Beda’s 18-6 blast to snatch away the lead, the momentum, the game, and the series.

The Red Lions were clinging onto a one-point advantage, 83-82, with 1:41 left until the Ormoc, Leyte native dished to AC Soberano for a corner trey and then drilled his own big-time triple that took the fight out of the Pirates, once and for all.

Not long after, Season MVP CJ Perez fouled out of the game and eventual Finals MVP Donald Tankoua put the cherry on top of the cake with two free throws.

Tankoua was a force for the second straight game with another double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Davon Potts and Javee Mocon contributed 15 and 14 markers of their own, respectively.

Still, the back-to-back championships wouldn’t have been possible if not for Bolick who totaled averaged nine points in the final frames of the two games. He ended up with 18 points, six assists, and five rebounds in this one.

For LPU, CJ Perez topped the scoring column with 22 points, but was held scoreless in the payoff period. He also had five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 35 minutes of action – without a doubt, leaving his all on the floor.

Mike Nzeusseu also posted a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double while Rookie of the Year Jaycee Marcelino chipped in 12 markers of his own.

With MJ Ayaay and Reymay Caduyac gone missing, however, they fall short of sustaining the momentum from their elims sweep.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 92 – Bolick 18, Tankoua 17, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Soberano 11, Abuda 5, Bahio 5, Presbitero 3, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Tongco 0, Adamos 0

LPU 82 – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 15, Marcelino JC 12, Ayaay 7, Caduyac 6, Santos 6, Tansingco 5, Marcelino JV 4, Pretta 2, Serrano 2, Ibanez 1, Baltazar 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-22, 41-47, 65-66, 92-82

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