NCAA: James Canlas' breakout boosts San Beda to 6-0

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2018 06:11 PM
NCAA: James Canlas' breakout boosts San Beda to 6-0
James Canlas came through for San Beda in the face of dangerous San Sebastian (FILE PHOTO)

Head coach Boyet Fernandez has already stated that James Canlas is the future of San Beda University.

The Filipino-Canadian showed on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre that he is raring and ready to contribute now, coming up big in the endgame in the Red Lions’ well-earned 65-54 win over San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Canlas turned in his best game yet with 12 points and the defending champions took their sixth win in as many games in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The two teams were going at it for majority of the matchup and the Golden Stags were actually ahead, 52-51, with six minutes remaining before San Beda’s prized rookie scored seven points in their 14-2 finishing kick.

Throughout that decisive run, Canlas showed off all his moves, nailing a triple, a midrange jumper, and a couple of charities to take the fight out of Baste. “James really stepped up tonight. Luckily, we were able to make our shots in the fourth after missing a lot in the first three,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.

Javee Mocon accounted for the other seven points in that finishing kick and wound up with a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Robert Bolick only had six points, none coming in the second half, but made an impact elsewhere with eight rebounds and three assists. “Even though Robert was guarded really well by San Sebastian, he was able to make the pass to get Javee and James open,” coach Boyet said.

The Red Lions also had another strong showing from Cameroonian Donald Tankoua with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help the Red Lions stay at solo second.

For San Sebastian, Allyn Bulanadi topped the scoring column with 20 points while Michael Calisaan had 15 markers and six rebounds to his name. Without an answer for Canlas, though, they finish the first round with a 3-6 record.


SAN BEDA 65 – Mocon 16, Tankoua 12, Canlas 12, Bolick 6, Doliguez 5, Eugene 4, Presbitero 3, Tongco 3, Oftana 2, Carino 2, Abuda 0, Soberano 0, Cuntapay 0, Nelle 0, Cabanag 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 54 – Bulanadi 20, Calisaan 15, Calma 6, Capobres 4, Dela Cruz 4, Baytan 2, Villapando 2, Are 1, Sumoda 0, Valdez 0, Isidro 0, Desoyo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 29-31, 45-46, 65-54


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