MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions escaped the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 64-62, in their knockout quarterfinal match in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Thursday, June 28, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
With the win, the Red Lions will advance to the semifinals against the Saint Benilde Blazers, who also pulled off a slim win over the University of the Philippines in their own quarterfinal duel.
The Lions and the Blazers will clash in another winner-take-all battle on Friday, June 29, at 6:30 pm also in San Juan.
Robert Bolick topscored with 23 points and Javee Mocon racked up a double-double of 16 points – including the Red Lions’ last 8 points – and 11 rebounds to power San Beda.
The Falcons tried to put up a fight as Sean Manganti chalked up 20 points, 15 from beyond the arc, and 6 rebounds. Papi Sarr also posted a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
It was in the fourth where Manganti came alive for Adamson as he went on a solo 8-2 run, including two triples, to tie the match at 56-56 in the last two minutes.
However, it was not enough to rattle the Lions as Mocon took charge in the final stretch.
Coach Boyet Fernandez, though, said they can’t just rely on Bolick and Mocon to get them out of tight spots all the time.
“I need somebody to step up also [because] it’s not everyday that they’ll play the way that they played,” said Fernandez.
“Im hoping we’ll be consistent [with] what we’re doing,” he added. “We’ll be ready for Saint Benilde.”
SAN BEDA (64) – Bolick 23, Mocon 16, Presbitero 7, Tankoua 6, Tongco 3, Carino 3, Abuda 3, Doliguez 2, Cabanag 1, Canlas 0, Nelle 0, Oftana 0, Eugene 0.
ADAMSON (62) – Manganti 20, Sarr 13, Ahanmisi 7, Lastimosa 7, Espeleta 5, Camacho 4, Colonia 2, Magbuhos 2, Catapusan 2, Mojica 0, Zaldivar 0, Maata 0, Bernardo 0
Quarter Scores: 10-10, 27-21, 40-34, 64-62
– Tonichi Regalado/Rappler.com