Champions Red Lions snuff Benilde Blazers

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Nigerian Ola Adeogun rams through the defense of Saint Bernilde Blazers to score a basket during a National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball game on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City. PHOTO BY OSWALD LAVINA

Nigerian Ola Adeogun rams through the defense of Saint Bernilde Blazers to score a basket during a National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball game on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City. PHOTO BY OSWALD LAVINA

San Beda College overpowered College of Saint Belinde, 89-63, to stay on top in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 91 men’s basketball tournament on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City.

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Six San Beda players scored in double digits led by Art Dela Cruz, who nailed 17 points and hauled down 10 rebounds as the Red Lions claimed their ninth win in 11 games.

Nigerian Ola Adeogun and Amiel Cris Soberano chipped in 12 points apiece while Ryusei Koga and Ranbill Angelo Tongco added 11 each. Cameroonian Pierre Donald Tankoua had 10 markers.

The Blazers suffered their eighth loss for a 2-8 card.

Benilde’s main man Jonathan Grey, the NCAA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, did not play due to injury.

John Jose Domingo topscored for the Blazers with 20 points while Christian Fajarito and Jose Alfonso Saavedra combined for 21.

In other results, Colegio de San Juan de Letran blasted Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 86-76, to join San Beda on top of the standings with 9-2 while Lyceum of the Philippines repulsed San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 71-67, for a 3-7 mark.

EAC kept its position at the bottom of the standings with 2-9 while San Sebastian fell to 3-8 card.

In the juniors division, defending champion San Beda Red Cubs toppled La Salle Greenhills, 82-70, to gain their 11th straight win. John Lagumen had 13 points and Germy Mahinay listed 12 for the Red Cubs.

Ricci Rivero got 32 points but it wasn’t good enough as the Greenies dropped to 5-5.

Lyceum rolled to its seventh win after subduing San Sebastian, 78-49, in the other juniors game.

Leeian Salazar came up with 27 points to tow the Junior Pirates to a 7-3 mark and joined Arellano University in the third spot.

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