By WAYLON GALVEZ
Defending three-time champion San Beda University kept its record clean by dominating Lyceum of the Philippines University, 88-73, to stretch its unbeaten run to seven in NCAA Season 95 Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Calvin Oftana finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Cameroonian center Donald Tankoua chipped in 19 points and six boards and Clint Doliguez 15 points.
SBU mentor Boyet Fernandez commended his team for the effort they showed against Lyceum.
“It was a big win for us. Credit to the players for really working hard,” said Fernandez, who also got a solid performance from Evan Nelle with 14 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
“We know that it’s going to be tough facing Lyceum – similar to the games we battled them in the Finals and in the eliminations the previous two years. True enough, it was a grind the whole game.”
With the victory, the Red Lions have now won 21 straight games dating back to the previous season.
Cameroon’s Mike Nzeusseu had 18 points and nine rebounds for LPU, which dropped to 6-2.
Meanwhile, University of Perpetual help DALTA System athletic director Sammy Acaylar reiterated Tuesday that coach Frankie Lim will remain ‘on leave’ – a decision made by top school management.
Acaylar did not give specifics behind the decision of Perpetual Help president Anthony Tamayo except that he and athletics consultant Frank Gusi were informed to be more active in managing the basketball team.
“Actually, the (Perpetual Help) executive committee decided that coach Frankie is on leave,” Acaylar said. “We just followed instructions, and only the management knows the reason.”
The Altas suffered 102-56 beating from San Beda recently.
SAN BEDA 88 – Oftana 20, Tankoua 19, Doliguez 15, Nelle 14, Canlas 9, Bahio 8, Abuda 3, Alfaro 0, Cuntapay 0, Etrata 0, Cariño 0, Soberano 0.
LYCEUM 73 – Nzeusseu 18, JC. Marcelino 13, David 10, Marcelino JV. 8, Santos 6, Ibañez 5, Navarro 4, Pretta 3, Caduyac 2, Tansingco 2, Valdez 2, Guinto 0.
Quarters: 29-17; 44-36; 61-58; 88-73.