San Beda Col-lege won 87-77 over San Sebastian College to remain unbeaten in eight games in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Friday
Despite committing 32 turnovers, the Red Lions’ shooting proves more accurate than the Golden Stags (46.4 percent -35.3 percent). San Beda has matched its best 8-0 win-loss record start it achieved during the 87th season in 2011.
“I’m happy that we still have won the game despite committing 32 turnovers. We are forcing things. It’s not good,” said San Beda coach Jamike Jarin during the postgame interview. “We’re playing selfish right now. They (San Sebastian College) didn’t even press us.”
Donald Tankoua finished with 20 points and five rebounds while rookie Davon Potts contributed 13 points and Arnaud Noah 10 points to keep San Beda on top of the standings with an 8-0 record.
Regille Ilagan led the Golden Stags with 20 points and six assists. San Sebastian’s win-loss record fell to 1-8 at the end of first round.
Earlier, Lyceum of the Philippines University shocked defending champion Colegio San Juan de Letran, with a 75-72 win, improving its win-loss record to 4-5 at the end of the first round.
Mike Nzeusseu notched 17 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks while Reymar Caduyac contributed 17 points to lead the Pirates.
“We knew that they would comeback despite a huge deficit. That’s why we prepared hard and we played smart basketball in the fourth period,” Lyceum coach Topex Robinson said.
Jesper Ayaay had 12 points; seven rebounds and six assists while Wilson Baltazar contributed 10 points also for the Pirates.
Lyceum erected a 20-14 lead in the first quarter then stretched it to 39-34 at halftime. The Pirates established a comfortable 55-47 advantage by the fourth quarter.
Letran’s prolific scorer Rey Nambatac unleashed 14 of his 22 points in the payoff period, including a triple in the last 12.6 seconds cutting the deficit 72-73. But Caduyac, who had six points in the fourth quarter, scored two free throws to seal the win.
Letran’s McJour Luib’s potential game-tying trey failed as the buzzer sounded.
“There is more basketball [games]to be played. It is still a long way to go as much as we wanted to celebrate we’re still 4-5,” added Robinson. “We really need to play better each game and keep on improving. Let’s reach our Final Four dream, I said to my players.”
The Knights suffered their third loss in eight games for a 5-3 win-loss record.
In the third game, guard Jiovanni Jalalon notched 23 points and seven assists as the Arellano University Chiefs beat the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 89-69.
Arellano is now sharing the second spot with University of Perpetual Help System DALTA that is also carrying a 7-2 win-loss record.
Kent Salado posted 13 points while rookie big man Levin Flores had 12 points and eight rebounds also for the Chiefs.
Abdoulad Poutouochi scored 15 points to lead JRU.
The Heavy Bombers’ win-loss record dropped to 3-5.