San Beda College and Arellano University thrashed their respective foes in the National Collegiate Athletic Asso-ciation Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Friday.
The Red Lions foiled a second half assault of the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 90-82. The victory was San Beda’s 10th after 11 games to stay No.1 with a 10-1 win-loss record.
The Red Lions performed well despite the absence of Donald Tankoua in the first half because of a minor knee injury. Tankoua was limited to an output of five points and two rebounds.
“We were a little disoriented after Donald (Tankoua) was injured but we found a way to win in the end by exploiting mismatches,” said San Beda coach Jamike Jarin during the postgame interview. “I’m hoping it is not serious and only bruises.”
Rookie Davon Potts who notched 15 of his 21 points in the second quarter beefed up the Red Lions’ lead from 27-18 in first quarter to 48-37 at the half.
San Beda leaned on rookie Benedict Adamos in the absence of Tankoua. Adamos, a 20-year-old transferee from Technological Institute of the Philippines, contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and a block.
Ranbill Tongco and Jayvee Mocon scored 12 points and 10 points, respectively while Robert Bolick added eight points, seven rebounds and five assists also for San Beda.
Reigning three-point king AC Soberano had eight points including a pair of crucial triples late in the game that helped San Beda seal the win.
San Beda forced EAC to commit 27 errors resulting in a 28-point reduction. Swingman Sydney Onwubere posted 19 points, 18 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and a steal but had nine turnovers.
Meanwhile, Arellano University stretched its winning streak to six by beating College of Saint Benilde, 78-69. The Chiefs led by Jiovanni Jalalon and Dioncee Holts, are solo second with a 9-2 win-loss record.
Jalalon tallied 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, Holts had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Kent Salado finished with 11 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Chiefs.
Carlo Young led Saint Benilde with 24 points and JJ Domingo had 15. The Blazers remain winless in 11 games.
In the first game, San Sebastian College halted a nine-game losing skid with a 71-55 win over University of Perpetual Help System DALTA. It was the Golden Stags’ second win after 11 games for a 2-9 win-loss record.
“Every game is a learning experience because we’re a new team here,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya during the postgame interview. “We must know how to win that’s why we need to focus each game. I think it’s our defense and our rebounding that’s why we have won today.”
Capobres finished with 13 points and five rebounds while Bulunadi and Ilagan had 11 points each. Jerick Fabian added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists also for the Golden Stags. San Sebastian stopped Perpetual Help’s six-game winning streak.
The Golden Stags erected a 26-20 lead after the first quarter behind the shooting prowess of Alvin Capobres, Allyn Bulunadi and Regille Ilagan. They increased their output in the second period outscoring the Altas, 15-8, resulting in a 41-28 lead.
San Sebastian continued to outplay Perpetual Help in the third (10-9) and fourth (20-18) quarter. Forward Michael Calisaan posted seven points for the Golden Stags in the fourth frame.
Bright Akhuetie led the Altas with 21 points and nine rebounds. Perpetual Help’s win-loss record dropped to 8-3.
The Golden Stags recorded more three-pointers (11-1) and more rebounds (51-41) than the Altas. San Sebastian also forced Perpetual Help to absorb 20 turnovers and converted those to 13 points.