NCAA: Red Lions re-assert mastery over Generals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 31, 2018 06:07 PM
NCAA: Red Lions re-assert mastery over Generals
San Beda remains undefeated up against EAC in the NCAA

From 2009 up to now, San Beda University has the number of Emilio Aguinaldo College.

Nothing has changed now in the 94th Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as the Red Lions made quick work of the Generals, 61-46, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Robert Bolick spearheaded the attack anew and the defending champions scored their third win in a row to begin their title defense.

And opposite EAC, San Beda now has 19 consecutive victories dating back to 2009.

Still, the Red Lions took until the third quarter to break the game wide open. “We know that EAC is a good third quarter team so we limited them to eight points,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.

From a seven-point lead at the half, Bolick revved up their offense just as their defense limited their opponents to eight points in the third quarter.

In the end, San Beda suffocated the Generals to 38 percent shooting to go along with 29 miscues that were quickly converted into 15 points. “It’s our defense that really made a difference tonight. It’s really a total team effort in limiting [Hamadou] Laminou to two rebounds,” coach Boyet said.

That stifling defense was more than enough to allow them to overcome having only one player in double-digits in Robert Bolick with 15 points in 75 percent shooting on top of six assists and two steals.

James Canlas and Clint Doliguez also contributed on both ends and merged for 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.

For EAC, Rustan Bugarin was the lone bright spot with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Laminou struggled for the second straight game only with nine points and two rebounds in this one.

With the Red Lions remaining an unsolvable riddle for them, they fall to 0-4 in the standings.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 61 – Bolick 15, Tankoua 9, Canlas 8, Doliguez 7, Mocon 5, Tongco 4, Eugene 4, Nelle 3, Carino 3, Oftana 2, Cuntapay 1

EAC 46 – Bugarin 10, Laminou 9, Mendoza 6, Bautista 4, Garcia 4, Robin 3, Cruz 2, Gonzales 2, Diego 2, Tampoc 2, Neri 2, Natividad 0, Cadua 0, Fuentes 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 32-25, 49-33, 61-46

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