San Beda now NCAA 94 top-seed after imposing will on LPU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 18, 2018 05:59 PM
Unlike last year, San Beda will be the top-seed and have twice-to-beat as it defends its crown
San Beda University has had to wait a long time just to get back at Lyceum of the Philippines University in the elimination round.
The Red Lions finally exacted their revenge on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, forcing the Pirates to play at their pace for majority of the matchup before falling back on their championship experience in the endgame for a well-earned 75-68 win.
Robert Bolick, of course, spearheaded the attack and had running mate Javee Mocon as well as promising rookie James Canlas right beside him as the defending champions seized the top-seed for the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Baskeball Tournament.
As the top-seed, they will be facing off with fourth-seed University of Perpetual Help in the next round. “I’m happy that the guys played well today. Hopefully, we play more consistent in our next games,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.
It was Canlas’ layup that punctuated the 17-9 run that broke the game open and built up a 35-24 San Beda lead in the second quarter.
Bolick and Mocon then joined in on the fun in the third, conspiring for a 12-2 rush that boosted their team in front, 51-33, at the midway mark of the quarter.
The Pirates didn’t quit and ramped up the pressure in the final frame with MJ Ayaay’s fastbreak layup pulling them within 68-73 with 36.8 ticks to go.
After Spencer Pretta turned the ball over, though, the Red Lions’ graduating guard made good on two free throws to put the game away.
This is the first time in the last two years that Bolick and company have triumphed over their new challengers in the eliminations. “We’re happy we got this one and that the monkey is finally off our backs. Ang daming nagsasabing we cannot beat them,” their mentor said.
In the end, the King Lion had 18 points, five rebounds, and two assists while Canlas had his own 18 markers and six boards.
Mocon and Donald Tankoua both contributed double-doubles as well with the former finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds and the latter ending with 15 markers and 14 boards.
More than that, however, it was the defense that keyed the defending champions’ big-time win.
Indeed, the best defense in the league suffocated LPU to way below their 87.6 points per game and CJ Perez to way below his 19.2 markers per game.
Perez only had nine points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in this one while Mike Nzeusseu topped the scoring column with 16 markers and six boards.
Unable to break free from their opponents’ suffocating defense, the Pirates sank to 15-3 and settled for the second-seed. They will be matchup up opposite Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
SAN BEDA 75 – Bolick 18, Canlas 18, Tankoua 15, Mocon 13, Oftana 3, Presbitero 2, Soberano 2, Nelle 2, Carino 2, Doliguez 0, Abuda 0, Eugene 0, Tongco 0, Cuntapay 0
LPU 68 – Nzeusseu 16, Marcelino JC 14, Ayaay 11, Perez 9, Pretta 6, Marcelino JV 4, Caduyac 2, Tansingco 2, Santos 2, Valdez 2, Ibanez 0, Serrano 0, Lumbao 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 39-31, 59-46, 75-68
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