The San Beda College (SBC) Red Cubs survived the Far Eastern University (FEU) Baby Tamaraws, 73-65, in the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) MEC Network Cup at the Chiang Kai Shek College (CKSC) Gym in Manila on Sunday.
Midway through the final period, the Baby Tamaraws unleashed a 6-0 run with Royce Alforque scoring a three-pointer. Carl Mariano posted a trey and split his free throws to cut San Beda’s lead to five, 64-59.
Luke Sese broke the dry spell for San Beda after notching a trey with 3:38 minutes left in the match, 67-59. Robi Nayve then followed up with another jump shot for the red-and-white cagers to extend their lead to 10, 69-59.
FEU’s Daniel Celzo hit a layup with 13 seconds left in the match, 65-72. Red Cub Prince Etrata split his free throws off Celzo’s foul to close the match, 73-65.
Nayve top scored for San Beda with 17 points, while Joshua Tagala added 12 more markers. Celzo and Louell Gonzales led FEU with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The San Beda Red Cubs currently hold a 2-0 win-loss record against the FEU Baby Tamaraws’ 0-1 in Group C.
FEU will battle Hope Christian High School (HCHS) at 9 a.m. at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy Gym in Quezon City today.
Meanwhile, the La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) Greenies dispatched the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) Junior Archers in Group B, 74-53.
Reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association juniors’ basketball Most Valuable Player Troy Mallillin led the Greenies with a double-double outing of 19 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Joel Cagulangan and Unique Naboa with 18 and 13 markers, respectively. Jan Sobrevega tallied eight points for the Junior Archers.
The DLSZ Junior Archers will face defending PSSBC champions CKSC Blue Dragons at 2:15 p.m.
The Adamson University (AdU) Baby Falcons routed St. Stephen’s High School (SSHS) in Group D, 122-41, while the National University Bullpups trounced Manila Patriotic School in Group A, 90-61.