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NCAA 95: Lions keep record clean


by Waylon Galvez

Games Tuesday (The Arena, San Juan)
8 a.m. – Mapua vs Letran (Jrs)
10 a.m. – Perpetual Help vs Arellano (Jrs)
12 n.n. – Mapua vs Letran (Srs)
2 p.m. – Perpetual Help vs Arellano (Srs)
4 p.m. – SSC-R vs St. Benilde (Srs)
6 p.m. – SSC-R vs St. Benilde (Jrs)

San Beda University unleashed a big run in the fourth quarter that allowed the defending three-time champion to score a 73-59 win against San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the 95th NCAA men’s basketball tournament Friday at The Arena in San Juan.

Down by two points, Clint Doliguez starred in a 12-0 run as he scored eight points that gave the Lions a 62-50 advantage with two minutes two play.

The win improved San Beda’s record to 4-0 to regain solo lead in the team standings, after College of St. Benilde briefly forced a tie with similar 3-0 cards following a win against Mapua last Thursday.

San Sebastian's RK Ilagan drives to the basket against San Beda's Evan Nelle (left) and Franz Abuda during the NCAA Season 95 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, July 26, 2019 (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan drives to the basket against San Beda’s Evan Nelle (left) and Franz Abuda during the NCAA Season 95 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, July 26, 2019 (MB photo | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)

“We’re really excited playing against San Sebastian, we know they’re a strong team,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “But winning this game gives a lot of confidence. I’m happy for our boys, they stepped up our defense in the second half.”

“They don’t ont want to lose this game, because I told them that if we win, they’ll have a three days off – the most they’ll have (for the season) because after that we’ll play Mapua, Letran and College of St. Benilde. These are strong teams, so the off days will be big for the players,” added Fernandez.

Evan Nelle, despite nursing a sprained left thumb, finished with double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds with four assists, while Donald Tonkoua and Filipino-Canadian James Kwekuteye also scored 14 points each for San Beda. Calvin Oftana had 10 points and the same number of rebounds.

Fernadez said that despite their win and perfect record, he understands that they haven’t achieved anything at this point.

“We just won four games, all the teams I think that our strong in the off season, we’ll still face them. So we got to be ready,” said Fernandez.

As for SSC, the setback was the team’s second straight after a 2-0 start. Allyn Bulanadi led the Stags with 15 points, while Alvin Capobres and Arjan dela Cruz had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

In the second game, Cameroon’s Mike Nzeusseu and Ralph Tansingco each scored 13 points while Nino Ibañez and Enoch Valdez contributed 11 apiece as Lyceum of the Philippines University defeated Jose Rizal University, 95-77.

It was a dominant performance from the Pirates as they took a 51-27 halftime lead that frustrated the Heavy Bombers. JRU coach Louie Gonzalez was ejected early in the third quarter while Agem Miranda was thrown out of the game for his punching foul on Lyceum’s Beirn Laurente.

Season host school Arellano University, meantime, finally found a way to win as Ken Salado dropped 24 points to help the Chiefs score an 86-77 victory against the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

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, Cariño 0.

SSC-R 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.

Second Game
Lyceum 95 – Nzeusseu 13, Tansingco 13, Ibañez 11, Valdez 11, Caduyac 8, Jv. Marcelino 7, David 7, Pretty 6, Navarro 6, Laurente 6, Yong 4, Santos 2, Guinto 1.

JRU 77 – Amores 23, Miranda 13, Delos Santos 9, Dionisio 6, Aguilar 6, Vasquez 6, Steinl 4, Jungco 4, Dela Rosa 3, Abaoag 2, Arenal 1.
Quarters: 31-19; 51-27; 75-49; 95-77.

Third Game
ARELLANO 86 – Salado 24, Concepcion 14, Bayla 11, Sablan 10, Espiritu 8, Arana 5, Oliva 5, Alcoriza 3, Santos 2, Gayosa 2, Talampas 2, De Guzman 0, Segura 0, Sunga 0.

EAC 77 – Maguliano 26, De Guzman 12, Mendoza 9, Taywan 8, Gonzales 8, Gurtiza 6, Luciano 6, Corilla 2, Martin 0, Tampoc 0, Dayrit 0, Cadua 0, Boffa 0.

Quarters: 29-15; 47-36; 59-50; 86-77.

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