San Beda College stretched its winning streak to five after beating University of Perpetual Help System DALTA 88-70 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday.
Cameroonian Donald Tankoua finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Amiel Soberano and Robert Bolick contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively to lift the Red Lions to the solo top spot.
“It [92nd NCAA season] is still a long way to go but I’m really happy with the way my players performed today,” San Beda College Jamike Jarin told reporters during the post game news conference.
Forward Gab Dagangon finished with 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Altas whose win-loss record dropped to 2-2.
Earlier, Rey Nambatac posted a career-high 40 points that includes five triples plus 10 rebounds to power defending champion Colegio San Juan de Letran’s 90-77 victory over San Sebastian College.
Luib Mcjour chipped in 12 points; Jerrick Balanza 12 points while John Calvo had 10 points ands eight assists for the Knights whose win-loss record improved to 4-1.
“I just told my teammates if they ever feel doubt, just follow my lead. In our defense, we got our offense,” said Nambatac, who missed just once in his 10 attempts in the free throw line.
Trailing behind by three points, 23-28, at the end of first quarter, the Letran Knights leaned on Nambatac’s eight points to outscore the Stags in the second frame 20-10 resulting in a 43-38 lead at the half. Nambatac notched 10 more points each in the third and fourth quarter.
San Sebastian closed the gap 57-63 after the third quarter but Letran ruled the rest of the payoff period.
“It’s still early and we haven’t achieved anything yet,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa.
San Sebastian College absorbed its third straight loss after a single win.
Regille Ilagan led the Golden Stags with 23 points; Ryan Costelo had 17 points while Alvin Capobres notched 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Arellano University (AU) bounced back from its defeat to Letran last week by scoring a lopsided 96-75 victory over Mapua Institute of Technology.
AU’s ace Jio Jalalon had a low 3-of-16 overall shooting output in addition to seven rebounds and nine assists. Jalalon’s teammate Kent Salado stepped up for the Chiefs with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the field.
Andrew Estrella led the Cardinals with 20 points.