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NCAA: Win No. 14 for Red Lions; Cardinals down Bombers

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Games Friday (The Arena, San Juan City)

8 a.m. – St. Benilde vs Arellano (Jrs)
10 a.m. – San Sebastian vs EAC (Jrs)
12 noon – St. Benilde vs Arellano (Srs)
2 p.m. – San Sebastian vs EAC (Srs)
4 p.m. – Letran vs Lyceum (Srs)
6 p.m. – Letran vs Lyceum (Jrs)

By WAYLON GALVEZ

Defending three-time champion San Beda University claimed its 14th straight win as the Red Lions repeated over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas 75-62 in the NCAA Season 95 Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

San Beda's Calvin Oftana tries to score against Perpetual's Ben Adamos (left) and Francis Giussani in NCAA Season 95 at The Arena in San Juan, September 26, 2019 (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

San Beda’s Calvin Oftana tries to score against Perpetual’s Ben Adamos (left) and Francis Giussani in NCAA Season 95 at The Arena in San Juan. (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

Cameronian center Donald Tankoua led San Beda with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Calvin Oftana, the leading MVP contender, had 17 points with nine boards. Fil-Canadian James Canlas-Kwekuteye contributed 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The win kept San Beda’s perfect streak going and put the Red Lions on track for a twice-to-beat bonus in the semifinal stage.

“Our goal is to improve every game. Yes panalo, pero alam namin hindi masyado masaya si coach Boyet (Fernandez) sa performance namin. Kaya we need to work extra hard sa ensayo and sa next game,” said Oftana.

Perpetual Help, which got 13 points from Kim Aurin, dropped to 3-9.

In the second game, Mapua beat Jose Rizal University, 72-67, for its sixth win in seven matches.

Mapua's Christian Bunag drives past JRU defenders in NCAA Season 95 at The Arena in San Juan, September 26, 2019 (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

Mapua’s Christian Bunag gets hemmed in by JRU defenders.  (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

Justin Serrano and JP Nieles stepped up for Mapua, which missed the services of Noah Lugo (fever) and Paolo Hernandez (injury).

Serrano scored eight of his 12 points in the Cardinals’ third quarter breakaway while Nieles, playing extended minutes with Lugo out, added 11 points.

Mapua moved up to solo fifth in the standings with a 7-6 card, half game ahead of College of St. Benilde (6-6), and half game behind fourth-running San Sebastian (7-5) for the last Final Four berth.

Marwin Dionisio finished with 15 points while Agem Miranda added 13 for JRU, which fell to 4-8.

Scores:

First Game

San Beda 75 – Oftana 17, Tankoua 17, Canlas 16, Doliguez 8, Soberano 8, Abuda 5, Nelle 4, Alfaro 0, Bahio 0,
Cariño 0, Cuntapay 0, Etrata 0, Noah 0.

Perpetual Help 62 – Aurin 13, Adamos 12, Razon 12, Peralta 11, Charcos 9, Martel 3, Labarda 2, Guissani 0, Lanoy 0.

Quarters: 14-12; 31-33; 50-46: 75-62.

Second Game

MAPUA 72 – Victoria 13, Serrano 12, Buñag 11, Nieles 11, Gonzales 10, Bonifacio 8, Aguirre 3, Nocum 2, Salenga 2, Gamboa 0, Garcia 0, Jabel 0.

JRU 67 – Dionisio 15, Miranda 13, Amores 12, Aguilar 8, Dela Rosa 8, Delos Santos 5, Abaoag 2, Arenal 2, Jungco w, Macatangay 0, Vasquez 0.

Quarters: 12-15; 30-31; 48-39; 72-67.

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