San Beda, Mapua keep NCAA lead

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San Beda’s Donald Tankoua (No. 10) go up against Emilio Aguinaldo’s Sidney Onwubere (No. 1) during the elimination round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

San Beda’s Donald Tankoua (No. 10) go up against Emilio Aguinaldo’s Sidney Onwubere (No. 1) during the elimination round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

San Beda College and Mapua Institute of Technology overpowered their respective opponents to keep their unblemished records in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

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The Red Lions banked on hot shooting duo of Ranbill Tongco and Amiel Soberano to score a convincing 91-76 victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals for their third win.

Tongco scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the field while Soberano piled up 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the field plus three steals and rookie Davon Potts contributed 13 points for the Red Lions.

“We shot well today and we’re hoping to become more consistent the rest of games,” said San Beda coach Jamike Jarin. “We were able to defend also in the second half and I’m satisfied with the result.”

After a close first half turnout 40-34, San Beda zoomed to a 71-53 cushion entering the payoff period and didn’t look back to seal the victory.

Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou led EAC with 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Generals fell to a 1-2 record.

Nigerian reigning Most Valuable Player Allwell Oraeme had a gigantic performance powering the Cardinals to a 75-64 win against listless Lyceum of the Philippines University squad to claim their third straight game.

Oraeme racked up 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the field along with a game-high 25 rebounds plus four assists and another game-high five blocks, while guard Carlos Isit tallied 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the field plus five assists to hand the Cardinals a 3-0 slate.

“Coming into this game, we are very careful because we are on top with two wins,” said Oraeme, whose intimidating presence forced the Pirates to take their shots from the outside. “We want to start the season well. I just have to play my game and listen to the coaches.”

Mapua limited Lyceum to 21-of-74 shooting overall in the field because of its strong defense highlighted by 54 rebounds, nine steals and six blocks. The Cardinals, on the other hand, shot 30-of-72 overall, while the Pirates settled only for 46 rebounds, two steals and one block.

Guard Exeqiel Biteng posted 12 of his 15 points in the second half also for Mapua.

Nigerian Mike Nzeusseu posted 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead Lyceum, while Jesper Ayaay made 15 points plus eight rebounds and Aldrin Serafico contributed 11 points. Despite their efforts, the Pirates absorbed a stinging 0-3 win-loss record.

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