San Beda College and Mapua Institute of Technology are now sharing the top spot after defeating their rivals in the National Collegiate Athletics Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Friday.
The Red Lions routed College of Saint Benilde, 90-63, while the Mapua Cardinals escaped Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 70-67, to remain unscathed early in the meet.
Led by Fil-Am rookie Davon Potts, the Red Lions snuffed the Blazers even without starting guard and team captain Dan Sara, who is nursing a fractured finger.
Potts delivered 12 of his 19 points during the first half en route to a 24-10 lead. Beda continued battering Benilde resulting in a 16-point edge at the end of second quarter.
“This only shows that we got a deep team and the players who are ready to play when it’s their time,” San Beda head coach Jamike Jarin said during the post-match news conference.
“They play good defense and they are willing to find an open man,” added Jarin.
Backing up Potts was Donald Tankoua who smothered Blazer’s Nigerian import Clement Lentcheu’s performance.
Tankoua contributed 17 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while Lentcheu had 19 markers and 15 boards.
Robert Bolick and Radge Tongco contributed 11 points apiece while Javee Mocon had eight points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals also for San Beda.
Yankie Haruna contributed 17 points for the Blazers that remain winless after four matches.
In the second match, Francis Munsayac failed to lead EAC in subduing the Cardinals.
The Generals managed to close the gap, 68-67, with 23 seconds left in the last quarter, courtesy of Hamadou Laminou’s back-to-back baskets. But Cardinal’s Almel Orquina and veteran Carlos Isit exploded with a fourth quarter run to seal the victory for the Cardinals.
Orquina delivered 13 points and five rebounds, while Isit and Estrella each contributed 12 points for the Cardinals.
Laminou and Sidney Onwubere, meanwhile, had 13 markers each for the Generals, whose win-loss record dropped to 1-3.