Defending champion San Beda College Red Lions displayed deadly form to thrash the Arellano University Chiefs, 67-54, Thursday in the 89th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City.
Olaide Adeogun paced the Red Lions with 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks as San Beda claimed its second win in three games.
Arellano absorbed its second setback in three games.
Baser Amer shared the heroics by firing eight points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that moved the Red Lions safely ahead, 57-47, with four minutes remaining in the game.
In the first match, John Tayongtong split a charity with only 5.5 seconds remaining to lift Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals past College of St. Benilde Blazers, 73-72.
The game was tied 72-72 when the sophomore Tayongtong of Cagayan de Oro City missed the first free throw off a foul by Juan Paolo Taha. But he sank the second to give the Generals their first win in three
Tayongtong finished with 16 points, three rebounds and five assists.
It was another heartbreaking loss for the Blazers, who were leading most of the way only to collapse in the crucial stretch.
They also lost by a hairline, 71-70, to San Beda Red Lions during the opening on June 22. Coach Gabby Velasco’s Blazers remained at the bottom of the standing with 0-2 win-loss card, they are the only
Igee Bobbie King led the Generals with 16 points, Cameroonian Cedric Nuobi Happi finished with 14 and Jan Niccolo Jamon, 13,
The three-year veteran Taha led the Blazers’ scoring with 17, Mark Romero had 14 and Jeffrey Ryan
In the juniors match, the San Sebastian Staglets notched their third straight win with a 75-61 win over the Letran Squires.
Rhanzelle Wong, Michael Calisaan and Alfren Gayosa combined for 54 points the lead the Stags’ onslaught.
In the other high school match, St. Benilde-LSGH Greenies surged to the win column after thrashing the Emilio Aguinaldo Brigadiers, 88-49, while defending titlist San Beda Red Cubs clinched their third straight victory by trouncing the Arellano Braves, 108-51.