San Beda College cruised to a back-to-back victory on Tuesday, while reigning champion Letran College finally got back on winning track after an opening day defeat in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Red Lions leaned on Davon Potts’ late baskets to score a 91-86 win over the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates and bag their second straight win, while the Knights nipped the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 76-72. Potts, 23, delivered 12 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth period including the pivotal three-point shot and the Red Lions didn’t relinquish the lead on the way to a 2-0 win-loss record after defeating Letran (89-85) in the opener last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“I’m just here to contribute and help the team win,” said the transferee from US NCAA Division II Potts, who shot 3-of-9 in the three-point zone. Potts scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter in his first game against the Knights.
Team captain Roldan Sara posted 14 points along with five rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah had 10 and 12 points, respectively. Jayvee Mocon tallied 11 points plus 13 rebounds and four assists also for the Red Lions.
Wilson Baltazar made a game-high 24 points, but couldn’t save Lyceum from falling to a 0-2 win-loss record.
Earlier, Letran’s forward Rey Nambatac scored a career-high 33 points on 13-of-22 shooting in the field plus five rebounds to help the Knights bounce back from a frustrating defeat last Sunday and post a 1-1 win-loss record.
“A win is a win although it is not a good win but I would like to thank the players for refusing to lose until the endgame,” said rookie coach Jeff Napa, a former National University standout in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines during the 2000 season.
Nambatac scored 21 points in the first two quarters to give Letran a 41-34 lead at halftime break before extending it to 62-51 heading to the final frame.
John Quinto added 17 points, while McJour Luib contributed two points plus 10 rebounds and six assists for the Knights.
Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou scored 23-point and grabbed 18 rebound to lead the Generals.
In the third game, the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals blasted the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 78-68, to clinch a 2-0 start after beating Jose Rizal University (74-71) in the opening day.