NCAA 95: Red Lions keep unbeaten slate intact
Mark Escarlote on Sep 26, 2019 03:56 PM
Defending champion San Beda University stacked its 14th win in a row at the expense of University of Perpetual Help. (Josh Albelda)
Defending champion San Beda University needed some time to heat up, but the Red Lions eventually poured it on in the fourth quarter to silence the revenge-seeking University of Perpetual Help, 75-62, on Thursday to preserve their unbeaten run in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The semifinals-bound San Beda broke open a close four-point lead to end the third with a scorching shooting barrage to take the fight out of the Altas for its 14th win in as many games.
AC Soberano waxed-hot in the second half after a dry first two quarters as he pushed the Red Lions to a comfortable 70-53 cushion off a trey with just 2:12 left before San Beda cruised to a repeat over the Las Pinas-based squad.
Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez felt that it was on him that San Beda had to go through some scary moments in the game.
"Matigas kasi ulo ko eh," he said. "We stuck with our defense which is I have so much pride with my players playing one-on-one against their players. I made it a point to make my players realize na you can’t win ballgames na you can’t stop your man one-on-one."
"Wala na akong choice eh. It’s a close game so ginawa ko I changed my diskarte. We adjusted a little bit. We put up a zone and then that’s it," added Fernandez.
Donald Tankoua finished with 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had two blocks to lead the Red Lions. Calvin Oftana flirted with a double-double with 17 markers and nine boards while James Kwekuteye posted 16 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals for San Beda.
Perpetual slid to 3-9 card.
A stark contrast from their 46-point humiliation in the first round, the Altas kept the game close in the first half and even held a 33-31 advantage going into halftime behind Jielo Razon’s 12 points on a near perfect 5-of-6 field goal shooting.
San Beda was able turn the tables around in the third albeit holding only a 50-46 lead heading into the payoff period.
Kim Aurin paced the Altas with 13 points and nine boards while Benedict Adamos got 12 markers and 10 rebounds. Razon went cold after good first half showing with 12 points while Rey Peralta fouled out late in the fourth period and finished with 11 points for Perpetual.
San Beda (75) -- Tankoua 17, Oftana 17, Kwekuteye 16, Doliguez 8, Soberano 8, Abuda 5, Nelle 4, Bahio 0, Alfaro 0, Carino 0, Cuntapay 0, Noah 0, Etrata 0.
Perpetual (62) -- Aurin 13, Adamson 12, Razon 12, Peralta 11, Charcos 9, Martel 3, Labarda 2, Giussani 0, Lanoy 0.
Quarter scores: 14-12; 31-33; 50-46; 75-62.
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