• Red Lions repulse Golden Stags in NCAA opener


    San Beda College pulled away in the endgame to open its title-retention campaign with a 76-67 victory over host San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    Robert Bolick of San Beda drives on AlvinBaetiong of SSC-R during the opening game ofthe National Collegiate Athletic AssociationSeason 93 men’s basketball tournament onSaturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

    With the scoreline tied at 62-all midway the final quarter, the Red Lions raced to a 14-5 closing run en route to winning the season-opening game.

    But returning head coach Boyet Fernandez was disappointed with how the defending champions played against the tough San Sebastian side.

    “I hope it (this game) is a wake-up call for everyone. We really have to simply step up every time,” said Fernandez, whose wards committed 25 turnovers.

    “Baste (San Sebastian) really played today. I salute them for that,” added Fernandez.

    Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon paced San Beda with 15 points apiece while big man Donald Tankoua chipped in 10 markers.

    Michael Calisaan chalked a team-high 13 points on top of five rebounds and Enzo Navarro added 12 markers for the Golden Stags.

    San Beda went on a searing start but San Sebastian answered with its own runs as the Red Lions only managed to erect a 31-29 lead heading into the halftime.

    Michael Are hit back-to-back baskets to snatch a 44-43 advantage for the Stags late in the third period.
    Bolick sank a splendid layup and a free throw to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Mendiola-based squad a 71-62 cushion at the 2:09 mark of the final frame.

    Davon Potts drained a triple from the left corner with 1:02 remaining to seal the first win for the Red Lions.
    In the second game, Kent Salado fueled Arellano University past Mapua University, 91-82.

    Salado exploded with 24 points on 10 field goals made while Michael Cañete contributed a double-double of 17 markers and 12 rebounds for the Chiefs.

    Laurenz Victoria finished with 23 points and Andrew Estrella had 19 markers for the Cardinals.


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