NCAA Finals: Perez returns, San Beda still has enough for another three-peat

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 12, 2018 06:13 PM
Perez returns, San Beda still has enough for three-peat
Robert Bolick and San Beda were in complete control from start to finish as they swept LPU in the Finals for the second straight season

The story is the same, the characters are the same, and the ending is the same in the Finals of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon showed the way once more for San Beda University which got the better once more of Lyceum of the Philippines University, 71-56, in Game 2 on Monday at the MOA Arena.

Just like a year ago, the Red Lions have swept the Pirates in the championship round – even with CJ Perez determined to come back with a vengeance in this one.

Perez was returning from a one-game suspension, but Bolick and Mocon took control for the defending champions right from tip-off as they got off to an 8-2 start.

They would never trail until the final buzzer all the way to another title for the modern-day dynasty. This is now their 22nd championship overall and 11th in the last 13 years.

The closest LPU could come in the contest was four points, 47-51, inside the last nine minutes until Donald Tankoua and Clint Doliguez conspired for a 15-3 counter that re-increased San Beda’s edge to 66-50.

Tankoua wound up with a 13-point, 16-rebound double-double while Doliguez chipped in 14 markers of his own off the bench.

Bolick didn’t have to do much scoring with just four points in 1-off-11 shooting as he made his mark in terms of playmaking with 12 assists.

Still, it was Mocon who was brilliant all throughout the Finals and he had 16 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, and two assists in this one.

That gave him per game counts of 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.0 assists in the championship round – numbers that named him the hands-down Finals MVP.

For LPU, they settle for a runner-up finish for the second straight season. Perez did his best to extend his collegiate career with 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists, but it was all for naught as they still didn’t have any answers for the Red Lions’ championship experience.

Jaycee Marcelino also added 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals while Mike Nzeusseu posted an 11-marker, 13-board double-double for them.

BOX SCORES

SAN BEDA 71 – Mocon 16, Doliguez 14, Tankoua 13, Kwekuteye 9, Soberano 8, Oftana 5, Bolick 4, Presbitero 2, Abuda 0, Cabanag 0.

LPU 56 – Perez 19, Jc. Marcelino 13, Nzeusseu 11, Pretta 5, Ayaay 4, Caduyac 2, Serrano 2, Yong 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-15, 39-33, 49-44, 71-56.

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