NCAA: Red Lions keep clean slate, win fourth straight

Mark Escarlote on Jul 26, 2019 02:04 PM
NCAA: Red Lions keep clean slate, win fourth straight
Unbeaten San Beda University pushed its winning run to four straight to keep a tight grip of the top spot.

Defending champion San Beda University flirted with disaster before mustering a crucial scoring barrage midway in the fourth quarter for a 73-59 victory over San Sebastian College on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Red Lions unleashed a 12-0 burst within the final five minutes of the ball game to turn a 48-50 deficit to a 60-50 lead with three minutes left as San Beda captured its fourth straight victory at the top spot.    

“We’re really excited playing against Baste, we know San Sebastian is a really strong team. Winning this game gives a lot of confidence for the boys,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. 

Evan Nelle, who waxed hot in the closing minutes of the match with two dagger triples, scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with four assists and a steal for the Red Lions. Donald Tankoua and James Canlas posted 14 markers each while Calvin Oftana flirted with a triple double with 10 points, 10 boards and seven steals for San Beda.

Down, 48-50,  the Red Lions opened the flood gates with Oftana and Clint Doliguez drilling a three and a layup, respectively, for a 60-50 lead with 3:20 remaining. Nelle connected from beyond the arc for a 70-54 advantage with 1:14 left. 

The Stags absorbed their second straight defeat for a 2-2 win-loss slate.

Allyn Bulanadi got 15 points while Alvin Capobres and Arjan Dela Cruz scored 13 and 12 markers, respectively.

RK Ilaganan, who averaged 22.5 points per game in their first two games, was limited to only three points in a hellish 1-of-8 shooting clip in just 23 minutes of action.


The Scores:

SAN BEDA (73) -- Nelle 14, Tankoua 14, Canlas 14, Oftana 10, Doliguez 8, Noah 6, Soberano 3, Bahio 2, Abuda 1, Cuntapay 1, Etrata 0, Visser 0, Obenza 0, Carino 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN (59) -- Bulanadi 15, Capobres 13, Dela Cruz 12, Calma 6, Altamirano 4, Ilagan 3, Sumoda 2, Villapando 2, Desoyo 2, Tero 0, Cosari 0, Calahat 0.

Quarters: 16-19, 32-35, 48-45, 73-59.



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