Clint Doliguez came through with a breakout game as a faltering San Beda College (SBC) escaped Jose Rizal University (JRU), 54-48, to stretch its winning streak to four in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 basketball tournament on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
Stepping up for the sick main man Robert Bolick, Doliguez exploded with a career-high 22 points built on an efficient 8-of-10 shooting as the Red Lions improved its win-loss record to 5-1 and firmed up their hold of No. 2.
The prized rookie transferee from Ateneo de Manila University also sank four triples, including a go-ahead trey that gave the Mendiola-based squad a six-point lead, 51-45, with 1:49 left in the game.
San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez heaved a sigh of relief seeing his depleted Lions pull off the hard-earned win.
“We were murdered in the rebounding but we still won the game. That is probably because of our defense,” said Fernandez, who missed the services of ill big men Ben Adamos, Calvin Oftana and JP Bahio.
Javee Mocon chipped in seven points and 15 rebounds while Donald Tankoua added seven markers as well for the defending champion.
Despite feeling ill, top gunner Bolick opted to play as he wound up with six points in 22 minutes of action.
Seldom-used Karl Aaron Bordon chalked 13 points and Jed Mendoza contributed 12 markers as the Heavy Bombers dropped to 2-3.
Following a low 10-10 deadlock in the first quarter, Doliguez erupted with 12 straight points to spark a 14-2 run and San Beda held JRU to only four markers for a 28-14 advantage at halftime.
The Bombers responded with a fiery 16-3 rally capped by Teytey Teodoro’s breakaway layup to close within striking distance, 30-31, in the third period.
Mendoza fired five unanswered points as JRU kept a tight contest, 45-48, with 2:38 remaining but Doliguez hit a dagger three-pointer to practically secure the win for the Lions.
Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) initiated an onslaught in the last two quarters to extend its best start in its history at the expense of University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD), 76-58.
Leading by only four points at the end of the first half, 34-30, the Pirates outgunned the Altas in the final two frames, 42-28, to nail their sixth win in as many games and keep the solo leadership.
CJ Perez led the Pirates with 19 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists while birthday celebrator Jesper Ayaay logged 12 points on a perfect shooting from the two-point range.
Prince Eze registered a huge double-double of 21 points and 19 rebounds for the Altas, who fell to 2-3.
In the last seniors match, San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) got back to the winning track as it downed Mapua University (MU), 75-66.
The Golden Stags upped their slate to 2-3 while the Cardinals slid to 1-4.
SBC (54)- Doliguez 22, Mocon 7, Tankoua 7, Bolick 6, Presbitero 5, Soberano 2, Noah 2, Abuda 2, Potts 1, Cariño 0, Tongco 0.
JRU (48)- Bordon 13, Mendoza 12, Grospe 10, Teodoro 5, Abdul Razak 2, Lasquety 2, Poutouochi 2, David 2, De La Virgen 0, Castor 0.
Quarterscores: 10-10; 28-14; 39-32; 54-48
LPU (76)- Perez 19, Ayaay 12, Nzeusseu 9, Baltazar 9, Marcelino JV 8, Ibañez 5, Marcelino JC 4, Caduyac 4, Santos 4, Serrano 2, Tansingco 0, Marata 0, Liwag 0.
UPHSD (58)- Eze 21, Ylagan 7, Dagangon 7, Pido 6, Coronel 6, Sadiwa 4, Hao 3, Singontiko 2, Casas 2, Yuhico 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Mangalino 0.
Quarterscores: 16-13; 34-30; 52-40; 76-58
SSC-R (75)- Bulanadi 18, Costelo 10, Ilagan 10, Calisaan 8, Gayosa 8, David 7, Calma 6, Baetiong 5, Navarro 3, Are 0, Capobres 0, Mercado 0, Quipse 0, Valdez 0.
MU (66)- Estrella 27, Aguirre 9, Buñag 9, Raflores 8, Gabo 7, Nieles 3, Jimenez 2, Victoria 1, Orquina 0.
Quarterscores: 14-5; 28-25; 54-42; 75-66