San Beda College, Arellano University and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta outplayed their respective rivals to start the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament on a high note at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday.
The Red Lions, through the impressive performance of Cameroonian Donald Tankoua and rookie Davon Potts, battered the winless Saint Benilde 82-64, handing the winless Blazers their 10th straight defeat.
Tankoua notched 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, Potts had 15 points and five rebounds while Roldan contributed 11 points. The Red Lions now have a 9-1 win-loss card and still on top.
“We adjusted a lot because we suffered many mistakes because of the long break,” said San Beda College coach Jamike Jarin during the postgame interview. “Saint Benilde played well in the first half that’s why we need to dig deeper in the second half to get the win.”
“We needed 20 minutes to make the right things. We were able to break their press, finally,” Jarin added.
Noah Arnaud scored 10 points and Robert Bolick had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists also for the Red Lions.
Carlo Young finished with 15 points while Christian Fajarito added 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blazers. Saint Benilde enjoyed a 20-14 lead after the first quarter, but San Beda recovered and dominated the last three quarters of the game.
The Red Lions’ defense also forced Saint Benilde to commit 38 turnovers.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, relied on the solid performance of Jiovanni Jalalon to pull off an 89-84 victory over San Sebastián College. It was Arellano’s eighth win after 10 games.
Jalalon posted 21 of his 33 points in the second half on top of 10 assists despite committing seven turnovers. Rookie Lervin Flores tallied 12 points; nine rebounds and three blocks while Kent Salado had 11 points also for Arellano University.
“This is the second round and it is a critical stage. We have to be ready for any challenges that will confront to us,” said Arellano coach Jerry Cordiñera during the postgame interview. “We came from a 10-day break that’s why we struggled a bit.”
After trailing behind, 9-16, at the end of first period, Arellano outscored San Sebastian in the second frame, 18-10, and the third quarter, 38-29, en route to a comfortable 65-55 in the payoff period.
Jalalon’ head hit the floor in a scary fall late in the third period. He managed to resume playing in the middle of the last quarter supported by Salado as they crushed the Golden Stags.
Ryan Castelo led San Sebastian with 24 points. The Golden Stags fell at the bottom of the team standings with a win-loss record of 1-9.
Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA defeated Emilio Aguinaldo College, 71-59, to share the No. 2 spot with Arellano University that is also carrying an 8-2 win-loss record.
Forward Gab Dagangon scored 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Daryl Singontiko finished with 17 points to power Perpetual Help’s sixth straight win.
Nigerian Bright Akhuetie posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds plus three blocks while Jeffrey Coronel had eight points also for the Altas.
The Altas dominated the game from start to finish.
Sidney Onwubere scored 16 points and eight rebounds while Hamadou Laminou contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The Generals’ win-loss record dropped to 3-7.