San Beda College booked an 11th straight Final Four appearance while University of Perpetual Help System Dalta survived a grueling double overtime on Friday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Red Lions won 89-73 over the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates to improve its win-loss record to 12-4.
“It is a collective effort from the boys and we’re happy that we’re already here in the Final Four. Our 27 assists are the biggest factor in today’s game,” San Beda coach Jamike Jarin told The Manila Times. “But there are still many games to be played. We just have to keep working hard.”
The Red Lions, relying on fluid ball rotation and great shooting, established a commanding 46-32 lead at the half. Banking on a 64-55 edge after the third period, the Red Lions outscored the Pirates, 25-18, in the last quarter.
Power forward Arnaud Noah posted 20 of his 22 points in the second half plus seven rebounds and two assists. Rookie Davon Potts contributed 19 points, three triples and four assists to lead the Red Lions.
AC Soberano finished with 17 points, guard Javee Mocon had 12 points and five assists while Dan Sara contributed nine points also for San Beda.
Reymar Caduyac led Lyceum with 27 points.
In the first game, the Perpetual Help Altas beat the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers in double overtime, 89-80, behind the impressive performance of Nigerian Bright Akhuetie and Gab Dagangon.
Akhuetie posted 28 points and 18 boards while Dagangon had 15 points and 11 rebounds despite committing nine turnovers. Daryl Singontiko notched 13 points and eight rebounds while Genmar Ilagan posted 10 points for the Altas.
Perpetual Help, with the win, improved its win-loss record to 11-4 remaining in the Final Four race.
The Heavy Bombers remain in contention for a playoff berth though its win-loss record dropped to 9-7.
“It is all about the heart that carried us in this crucial win,” Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican said. “We came from a disappointing loss to Letran this week and we really needed this win. It’s good that we won.”
Guard Teytey Teodoro led JRU with 23 points and seven rebounds.