NCAA: San Beda passes tough test put up by Perpetual

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 07, 2018 04:10 PM
NCAA: San Beda passes tough test put up by Perpetual
Yet again, championship experience proved to be the difference for San Beda against Perpetual

From start to end on Saturday at the MOA Arena, San Beda University and University of Perpetual Help were neck-and-neck.

When it came down to it, however, the Red Lions’ championship poise came through as they pulled off a 67-65 squeaker of a triumph over the Altas to open the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Down by two inside the last four minutes, Robert Bolick had half of the points in a 6-0 run that propelled the defending champions to a 61-57 lead they would protect until the final buzzer. “The boys, they never gave up even though it was a really close game,” a satisfied head coach Boyet Fernandez said post-game.

Perps was still threatening at 65-67 with 14.8 ticks to go and sent Joe Presbitero to the stripe.

Presbitero muffed on both of his free throws and the Altas had a shot at a game-tying, or even game-winning basket, but Edgar Charcos’ pass to Prince Eze was intercepted by Bolick. “We made stops in the end. Robert did a good job for us,” Fernandez said.

The graduating guard then threw the ball to San Beda’s side of the court where time ran out.

In the end, Bolick had 15 points, struggling mightily from the field with a 3-of-14 shooting clip, but also had the game-winning steal.

Javee Mocon also posted a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double while Donald Tankoua had his own 12 markers and 12 boards.

The Red Lions’ championship proved enough to overcome a horrid shooting day for them, only converting 21 of 58 attempts while also botching 10 free throws. “Hopefully, we’ll learn from this and move forward,” their mentor expressed.

Indeed, the Perpetual defense showed its fangs as it also forced San Beda to 21 turnovers which were quickly converted to 15 points.

The Altas missed out on an upset, but have to be feeling good about coming close to toppling the defending champions.

Transferee Charcos topped the scoring column for them in this one with 14 points while Nigerian powerhouse Eze had 13 markers and 11 rebounds. Rookie Jielo Razon also played big with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 67 – Bolick 15, Mocon 14, Tankoua 12, Eugene 8, Soberano 6, Abuda 3, Kwekuteye 3, Presbitero 2, Doliguez 2, Cabanag 2, Oftana 0, Tongco 0, Nelle 0, Carino 0, Cuntapay 0

PERPETUAL 65 – Charcos 14, Eze 13, Coronel 13, Razon 10, Aurin 8, Peralta 7, Mangalino 0, Cuevas 0, Tamayo 0, Pasia 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-10, 23-23, 44-40, 67-65

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