Defending champion San Beda College (SBC) started its title retention bid in the FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup by beating the University of the East (UE), 94-72, at the San Juan Arena on Thursday.
The Red Lions immediately locked horns with the determined the Red Warriors resulting in a 21-21 deadlock after 10 minutes of play.
San Beda’s offense started to take effect in the second period with a 31 points explosion compared to UE’s 12. The Red Lions established a comfortable 52-33 lead before the midgame intermission.
The Mendiola-based cagers continued their onslaught in the third quarter with Dan Sara and Davon Potts leading their charge.
UE fought valiantly but failed to foil the Bedans’ blitz until the end of regulation.
Sophomore guard AC Soberano led San Beda with 19 points on a five out of eight shooting performance from beyond the arc.
Team captain Sara tallied a total of 17 markers and seven boards while Potts and Javee Mocon contributed 11 points respectively in their triumph over UE.
Donald Tankoua had a double-double yield of 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Meanwhile, the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons defeated the Colegio de San Juan Letran (CSJL) Knights, 83-78, for their second straight victory in the pre-season collegiate basketball tournament.
The wards of coach Franz Pumaren capitalized on impressive shooting from the field to seal their win.
Rookie sensation Jerrick Ahanmisi led the Falcons with 26 points including five three pointers together with five rebounds and three assists.
Cameroonian reinforcement Cherif Papi Sarr proved helpful on the defensive end with two crucial blocks in addition to 12 points and seven rebounds for ADU.
Forward Robbie Manalang contributed 15 points on a 75 percent shooting performance from the field while Dawn Ochea and James Pasturan had nine and seven points, respectively.
On the other side, Rey Nambatac led Letran with 18 points and 11 rebounds while John Calvo and Jerrick Balanza had 15 points each.