San Beda clips Ateneo in FilOil Premier Cup

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Reigning champion San Beda College repulsed Ateneo de Manila University, 82-73, for its sixth win in the FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup on Sunday at the San Juan Arena.

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The Red Lions finished Group B with a record of six wins and a loss while the Blue Eagles wrapped up the elimination round with a 4-3 mark. They both earned spots in the quarterfinals.

Big man Donald Tankoua once again stepped up for San Beda with an output of 20 points and 13 boards while hot-shooting AC Soberano lit it up from beyond the arc with five converted three-pointers off six attempts for a total of 15 points on top of three rebounds and an assist.

San Beda took control of the early salvo to take a 19-14 advantage. But Ateneo continued knocking on San Beda’s door in the second period with their attacks to place themselves within striking distance, 40-36, at halftime.

San Beda managed to sustain its pace after the break to maintain grip on the upper hand, 61-56, with just a quarter left to play in the game.

It went down the line between the two squads as they went toe-to-toe until the final minutes of the heated bout.

Soberano and Robert Bolick kept the surging Blue Eagles at bay in the last stretch of the match with shots of their own while Tankoua placed the final stab on their foes with a layup in the dying minutes.

Forward JV Mocon provided boost for the Red Lions with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists while Bolick capped off the match with nine markers and two boards.

The Blue Eagles relied on Thirdy Ravena, who had a double-double haul of 22 points, 10 rebounds including three assists while teammate Aaron Black had 10 markers and six boards.

In the second game, National University defeated Arellano University, 68-65, to end the group stage with a record of six wins and a loss for the number two seed in Group. Arellano finished with a 5-2 card.

JAELLE NEVIN REYES

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