Last year’s runner-up San Beda College rallied past Arellano University, 101-86, to stay unbeaten in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament on Friday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Davon Potts fired a career-high 31 points while Donald Tankoua contributed 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Red Lions cruised to their sixth-straight victory and solidified their hold of the solo leadership.
Arellano’s win-loss record dropped to 3-2.
Earlier, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA shocked defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 61-55, to claim its third win.
Bright Akhuetie provided the needed strength both on offense and defense as he scored 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks while Gab Dagangon and Jeffrey Coronel backed him up with a solid 27-point combined output for the Altas.
“My job is to play. When I go in there, I try my best. It’s basketball, everyone should get chances. My teammates kept on saying to me that ‘we should get this, we should get this. They did not stop pushing me that’s why I wanted to give my best to make them happy,” said Akhuetie.
Perpetual Help improved to 3-2 while Letran absorbed their second loss in six games.
The Altas displayed impressive defense, limiting the output of Letran’s top scorer Rey Nambatac to just 19 points – far from his 40-point showing when they beat San Sebastian College, 90-77, last week.
Nambatac had 6-of-14 field goal shooting and 3-of-7 accuracy in the free throw line.
“It was our defense, we made a conscious effort to really make it hard for them to score,” added Perpetual Help coach Gimwell Gican.
In the second game, Mapua Institute of Technology clobbered San Sebastian, 88-75, for its fifth win against a loss.
Five Mapua players finished in double figures led by Exeqiel Biteng with 19 points and reigning Most Valuable Player Allwell Oraeme, who had a sterling 13-point, 22-rebound, five-assist, five-block performance.
Darell Menina added 15 while Andrew Estrella had 14 and Joseph Eriobu chipped in 12.
The Stags dropped to 1-4 with Justine Mercado and Regille Ilagan leading their side with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
“We really need this win. It’s going to be tough in our next three games and we’re hoping to get one or two wins in those upcoming games,” said Mapua mentor Atoy Co referring to their matches against San Beda on July 28, Perpetual Help on August 4and Letran on August 9.