San Beda Red Lions sink Lyceum Pirates in Game 2, nail title 3-peat

JR Isaga
(UPDATED) Include NCAA Season 94 as San Beda's 22nd overall seniors basketball crown, and 11th in 13 years

CHAMPS AGAIN. San Beda's Robert Bolick jubilates with the rest of the Red Lions who just won the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball title. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The San Beda Red Lions have added another milestone to their dynasty after sweeping the Lyceum Pirates, 71-56, in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 94 Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Monday, November 12.

The Red Lions have now completed another three-peat after nabbing their 22nd overall title and 11th in 13 years.

Coach Boyet Fernandez is now a 5-time NCAA champion, leading the graduating Big 3 of Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon and Donald Tankoua to one more title at the close of their NCAA careers.

CJ Perez opened a spirited Lyceum charge in the 4th quarter and cut the San Beda lead to 4, 51-47. However, Clint Doliguez and Mocon answered with huge back-to-back threes to go up 10, 57-47, with 7:38 left in regulation.

After defensive stops on both ends, last season’s Finals MVP Tankoua extended the lead to 13 off a putback, 61-48, with 5:04 to go. 

Tankoua and Clint Doliguez drove home the dagger with back-to-back putbacks under the last two minutes, 66-50.

Mocon finished his NCAA career as the Finals MVP, leading the team with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 big blocks on a 4/8 (50%) clip from downtown. Tankoua added a 13-point, 16-board double-double in a full 40-minute grind while Bolick chipped in 4 markers and a game-high 12 assists, albeit on 1/11 (9%) shooting from the field.

The returning Perez led the last Pirates’ stand with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Jaycee Marcelino followed up with 13 markers, 4 boards and 4 dimes while missing his twin Jayvee to an apparent injury. Mike Nzeusseu anchored Lyceum with 11 points and 13 boards. –